Today we took the first steps down the slippery road of a dictatorship and police state...

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    Sep 05, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Earlier, I sat in on a parliamentary ad-hoc standing committee meeting of MP's that had met to discuss the final proposals to the Protection of Information Bill which would require the press and media in S. Africa to 'report favorably toward the government that is governed by the ruling African National Congress, the party once headed by Nelson Mandela, until his retirement.

    Although this Bill would repeal the Protection of Information Act of 1982 (when SA was still governed by the National Party regime), it only replaces one draconian law with another one.

    The previous law had been brought into muzzle and in some cases silence the press at the height of the National Party's rule. In the 1980's, the then President, PW Botha declared an indefinite State of Emergency to quell all political opposition to his rule. Under the provisions of this emergency and frankly dictatorial rule; the press and media were censored and everything they reported had to first go through a special tribunal.

    This is exactly what the now ANC government want to put in place. They say it's to protect information that may harm national security - which is frankly just a smoke screen for stifling growing dissent in the country to the ruling ANC - that is now associated with racial nepotism, racism (a party that fought for decades against racism!) and corruption on a grande scale!

    African regimes, and Zimbabwe is a prime example under the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe, cannot stomach criticism. When the leader of the opposition, the Right Honorable Helen Zille MP or anybody from the Democratic Alliance voice opposition - the ANC immediately claim it to be racist. The President of the African National Congress' Youth League has been over-heard and subsequently taken to court for calling Mrs. Zille MP a 'slut'. The only reason they are bringing in this law is to shut up the growing opposition and dissent in South Africa.

    The ANC have been in power now for 18 years. And blacks are still living knee in garbage and filth, they are still living in shanty towns and in shacks; that get flooded every winter during the heavy downpours, the roads are full of potholes, people are dying in huge numbers from AIDS, education has almost collapsed, schools are falling apart and they spend money like it grows on some magical tree in some magical fucking forest.

    The ANC government spent (wasted) R70 000 000 - that's R70 Billion Rands on an Arms Deal. They are desperate to cover it up, before the opposition brings it to the public's attention - they (the ANC) are afraid of loosing power - they love it. Their addicted to it. All that money and power. While millions of blacks are still living below the poverty line.

    And they no longer can blame the Apartheid system or the previous regime.

    What next? Are they going to ban the opposition and lock up it's members??
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    Sep 06, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    I hate to read of this happening, but sadly it seems that the pendulum swings back and forth repeating the same old shit. Things get better, then people get complacent, ignore whats going on and how trends are not looking good, then before you know it some event comes along and the leaders slip right back into the old mold. Admittedly the situation you describe is a pretty hard swing backwards.

    Our society seems to take some pretty wild swings here to, this time to a far right swing because of adversity over the economy. Good luck
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    Sep 06, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    Further to this; I read to day that the SA Government wants access to Blackberry. What for? To track anti-government dissent. They are shitting themselves, because they don't want an ("Arab Spring") uprising in South Africa. Next they'll be blocking access to Facebook and Twitter.