Britain’s Ministry of Defence has drawn up a secret report about how to keep the African National Congress in power at the next election‚ according to a report by digital media and broadcasting company Vice.
The military officers were required to “devise a medium term strategy‚ with concrete deliverables‚ for the party to retain power at the next general election”‚ according to the report.
This comes amid reports in the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian that senior ANC leaders are planning for President Jacob Zuma to quit – possibly after August’s municipal elections.
The party and country leader has been castigated for lavish expenditure‚ accused of letting a private relationship result in “state capture” and is facing a raft of accusations involving alleged corruption. There is a fear that opposition parties will be able to capitalise on this at the polls.
Vice said that Freedom of Information Requests revealed that last year‚ a group of military officers from Britain’s Royal College of Defence Studies visited South Africa.
Their assignment was to “assess the political threats to continuing ANC rule in South Africa”‚ the report stated.
The UK Ministry of Defence told Vice that this was “a purely academic exercise‚ strictly for internal college study purposes‚ designed to develop course members’ skills in strategic analysis and their ability to understand others’ perspectives”.
The ANC did not respond to request for comment‚ the digital publication said.
Foreign involvement in South African politics was also in the news at the weekend when reports surfaced that a former CIA agent had revealed that the agency had played a ‘key role’ in the arrest of Nelson Mandela‚ which led to his trial and imprisonment.
Mandela was arrested by the South African police after his cover – he was pretending to be a chauffeur – and then charged with treason for his role in the ANC’s underground operations.
According to the operative‚ Donald Rickard‚ the CIA helped track down Mandela because he was “the world’s most dangerous communist”.
In an interview shortly before he died on March 30‚ Rickard said: ‘We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped‚ which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.”
The London Sunday Times described the revelation as a “bombshell disclosure” that will lead to calls for the CIA to come clean about its relationship with the apartheid government.
Rickard was a junior diplomat at the US Durban consulate at the time of Mandela’s arrest.
Source: Times Live