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Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse Tung once said; “We need to understand the fundamental struggle and differentiate it from the petty struggles.”

The fundamental struggle determines your very existence and survival as a people. Our fundamental struggle as Africans is antagonistic with other races for resources. We are basically living in a world where there is an increasing scarcity of resources, as Rutendo Matinyarare put it in his interview on the Penuel Show. In this competition for resources, teams have been formed. Africans fail to realise that they are competing against groups of foreign races who are organised as collectives, despite whatever differences they might have internally.
Europeans, as a race, have their differences, the Nordics, Alpines, Arians and the Mediterranean, but they know who they are and their internal struggle, but never confuse it with their fundamental struggle against other races.

They operated collectively even before the ‘scramble for Africa’ – the artificial drawing of African political boundaries among European powers at the end of the 19th century - which led to the partitioning of several ethnicities across our continent. This created new African states, which would be divided and weakened in every way. At the same time, they remained with a solid colonial presence for centuries, looting our natural resources until the establishment of the present-day European Union – another symbol of their unity. The scramble for Africa contributed to economic, social and political underdevelopment by spurring ethnic-tainted civil conflict and discrimination and by shaping the ethnic composition, size, shape and landlocked status of the newly-independent states.

Understanding resources value

The Europeans, Asians and Americans, as a race, understand that whoever controls the world’s resources controls their processing and sophistication to create something of value that can control the world markets, including markets in Asia, Africa and the whole world. The cheapest resources in Africa meant that they had to subdue and control Africans and other races for the resources. The Jewish race chose to control the banking sector, and to some extent shipping and storage (bonded warehousing). This meant they did not care who controlled the resources because they controlled the money and its movement. They collectively understand that the education for every Jewish child is key. Their fundamental struggle is to keep the Jewish race on top by dominating the banking sector, which funds the extraction, processing and distribution of the resources under their control by every means possible.

Real enemy, real friends

The greatest challenge with Africans is that they have not been able to differentiate the fundamental struggle which is against the other races and the internal or local political party petty struggles within their own countries. In his speech, Mao Tse Tung’s ‘Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society’ (March 1926), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 13, asks who are our real enemies; who are our real friends? This is a question of outmost importance of any revolution. The basic reason all previous revolutionary struggles in China achieved so little was their failure to unite with real friends to attack real enemies. To distinguish real friends from real enemies, we must analyse the economic status of the various classes and their respective attitudes towards the revolution.

Abandoning collective

Revolutionary African leaders who led the masses to independence soon abandoned the collective and amassed individual wealth. They did not realise that the other races they were competing with had not stopped fighting as a collective. The African National Congress (ANC) is falling into the same trap. They allow their petty internal struggles to spill out to the extent that they even seek assistance from their fundamental enemy. Soon ANC breakaways will be seeking alliances with the DA.  Their starting point in 1994 was very precarious, to begin with, through the Sunset Clauses, allowing control of critical resources by the white minority. Africa was the only continent where the colonial imperialists remained in control to the large extent of the mineral resources of most of the newly-independent states. South Africa was in the worst possible scenario; nothing changed except that Eskom now had to power millions of black families with the same old power plants used to extract billions in minerals over decades.

Be careful of narratives

There are many narratives designed by the other races competing with us to mentally degrade us into believing we are useless. These narratives are drummed into our minds by their media such that we actually believe them without testing them. ‘The Zuma wasted years’ is one such narrative. A billion Rand was spent on State capture that excluded all other races except African and Indian. If we seriously test this theory, we find that the Guptas (who had been around as far back as President Mandela) only controlled four per cent of Eskom’s coal supply. Who controlled the rest? How do you capture a state when you don’t control all branches of the state?  The South African Airways collapsed and is now broken up to be sold, and you can guess who will buy it. Eskom is being collapsed for the same purpose. The blame is on the Zuma years when billions were extracted out of South Africa using Eskom electricity without regard for putting funds aside for maintenance long before the ANC took over.   

Eswatini, know your real enemies

The nation must understand that internal differences will always be there, and we need to fight any injustice within our society. However, guard against anything that seeks to divide us, understanding the fundamental struggle is raging on furiously. Funding from foreign races defects the fundamental struggle. And that those in power must also understand that hoarding wealth as individuals in a sea of poverty can only lead to division and alternate risks to the overall survival of emaSwati. One, two, or a few super-rich families do not make a nation, and they can be easily broken. Only a collective can stand. Comment: septembereswatini@gmail.com.

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