Speech by fighter Khanyisile Tshabalala in response to President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, parliament, June 19 2014
Hon. Pres. of the Republic
The power of white monopoly capital to dispossess, oppress and exploit Black people, especially Africans, cannot be overstated, especially in instances, of a willing conscious ally in the form of an African government. In the words of one of the largest white monopoly capitalists, Amschel Rothschild, founder of the House of Rothschild, capital does indeed run politics, and he makes no apology to that. He said, and I quote, “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.”
Honourable Speaker, the weight of what was said back in the eighteenth century, continues to hold true today, for what Amschel Rothschild was insinuating is that the law-makers of a state are kept at ransom by those who issue and control its money, simply because the dictates and wants of capital are directly opposed to those of the poor people… In this struggle of opposites capital wins by the magic words, control (of our natural resources), and lack of care, because government requires capital to deliver its elaborate plans, and exactly at that point, government does anything to appease capital.
Within this context therefore, despite the earnestness accompanying the grand promises of delivering the Black masses out of poverty, the truth is, this has been slow and sometimes characterised by the ‘one step forward and two steps backward’.
You see Rothschild himself said it, and it is the view of white monopoly, ‘they do not care for government, (especially the one that has by choice, elected to relinquish its right to its own National wealth in the form of mineral resources), but cares for capital … After all, it needs it to function! This begins to unpack the ruthless control of capital over the ruling party, but on the other hand, it explains its terrible fear for white capital, and its readiness to attract it, appease it, and entertain its madness of drastically underpaying our miners.
For example, Lonmin pays rock drill operators an equivalent of R80 000 rands p/m in Australia, but for the same work in Marikana, Lonmin is refusing a mere R12 500! Yet the ruling party sees nothing wrong with this scenario, instead we are told that industrial action hurts Foreign Direct Investment. So, White Monopoly Capital hurts our miners in a brutal manner, holds them against the wall, and when they cry foul, they are reminded not to hurt Lonmin.
Our mineral resources continue to create menial jobs in our country, while they create technical jobs in Europe and elsewhere. Whenever we see the gold stacked together in the evening bulletin, let us from today remember that it is on its way out, to create engineering, technical and other sophisticated jobs in a white man’s country, and it shall come back as a finished product. This goes for our other minerals.
Hon. Speaker, at this point, I just want to take us back once again to the statement, “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws,” and this time complete it as it was completed a century later by the Rothschild brothers. They said:
“The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.”
Hon. President, we refuse to bear the burden of political freedom without economic freedom. We are not only suspecting that the system is inimical to the interests of the great majority of our people, especially the workers, we know it for a fact because nearly a quarter of South Africans continue to live below the breadline.
Despite 9.6 million tourists who are said to be loving and visiting our country, the truth is, IT IS CHEAP FOR THE CITIZENS OF FOREIGN WHITE MONOPOLY CAPITAL TO COME AND HOLIDAY HERE, BECAUSE IT IS SYSTEMATIC TO HOLD THE RAND AT A CERTAIN EXCHANGE RATE SO THEY CAN ALWAYS FIND A PLACE IN THE SUN HERE. SADLY, IT CANNOT BE SAID THAT 9.6 MILLION SOUTH AFRICAN BLACKS ARE ABLE TO TRAVEL ABROAD. We remain means and ways people – that is, bread and butter people …
Hence in the spirit of RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION we as the EFF continue to extend our hand = here is an opportunity for a two-thirds majority, that will allow you to finally put foreign white monopoly capital in its place… under political power = under YOUR government! Now (Mr. President) … NOT in 2030!
Issued by the Economic Freedom Fighters, June 19 2014