What is wrong with African regimes?

Hannes Engelbrecht
Africa had two great political moments: the breaking free from colonialism in the sixties and the euphoria of democratic freedom in the nineties. It is ironic that South Africa initiated both movements – first with Verwoerd getting rid of British rule on May 31, 1961 by introducing a republican RSA; then with the De Klerk initiated Kodesa talks about “one man, one vote”.
The first movement saw mcMillan’s “winds of change” as Uhuru swept Kenya, the Congo, Belgian Congo, Nyassaland, Betchuanaland, Rhodesia, Mozambique. The new African rennaisance was well underway, complete with new names such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Zaire. Statues and colonial memorials and relics tumbled. Parliaments were sworn in with great fanfares.
And then? Nothing!
Famine became worse, so-called democratic leaders became dictators in one-party states, corruption flourished, economies tumbled and standards dropped. Africa simply could not survive on tourism based on an inherited beautiful nature, song and dance, entitlement and demands. The free world moved in, reaped the benefits of the rich mineral resources, bought a few personal jets for elevated tribal leaders wanting to parade on the international stage as statesmen, and the USSR and China saw “cannon fodder” for their Cold War against the West.
The first African rennaisance died as an infant and very few shed a tear. In the countries where there was a negligable European influence (Southwest, Rhodesia, South Africa, Kenya and Botswana) the world found solice: at least some are surviving.
Then came the second chance for Africa; the second rennaisance. Even the stubborn old survivors like Mugabe went through the motions of “democratic elections” as Mandela Fever hit Africa. Again statues tumbled, minorities were manhandled, streets were renamed and a few even made speeches with acquired Oxford accents. But alas! again it was just a modern form of tribal and one party-rule. Electoral machinery were manipulated, votes bought, cadres employed. Barely did the euphoria about Mandela come back to reality, when the second rennaisance died. This time even the erstwhile surviving states like Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa succumbed to Third World status with dilapidated slums, failed economies, terrible infrastructure and corruption.
What then is the problem with Africa? Afrobarometer, after all, said in 2014 that nearly three quarters of Africans expressed commitment to democracy. Again it was a perception, an illusion. “Democracy” in Africa is exceeded by greed and irrational behaviour. The elitist few African politicians and statesmen cannot fathom the difference between ruling and serving. The age old African culture of “survival of the fittest”, “king of the jungle” and “carrier of the spear” still apply.
Mugabe didn’t go without a bloody fight. Zuma won’t go without a fight. In many African countries the presidents and political elite are third generation family members. Political power is not to be compromised by democracy – the family entitlement, struggle comrades and business partners are more equal than the rest of the equal populations.
In African culture and traditions that is okay, we understand and we respect your unique way of ruling. Go on, do it.
But not for us. We as Afrikaners and people from European descent identifying with us want to rule ourselves according to the principles of western civilization, which is an unseperatable part of our make-up.
That is why we at Front National fight for selfdetermination and an independent country. We simply cannot survive in another failed political system based on exactly the opposite of what we believe in.