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Attacks on South African President and Ruling Party Portend ‘Color Revolution’ Destabilization of Another BRICS Nation

Nov. 18, 2014 (EIRNS)—Political attacks on South African President Jacob Zuma, and on South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, represent part of an ongoing pattern of efforts to destabilize members of the five-nation BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). South Africa is the most industrialized country in Africa, and is playing a strong role in the BRICS for infrastructure development for the rest of Africa, as well as South Africa, itself.

Since the BRICS announced their intention in mid-July to create a New Development Bank (NDB) to build infrastructure for nations trying to industrialize, and the formation of a $100 billion Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) to provide aid to countries in trouble, without the deadly IMF restrictions, they have opened the framework to transform the world from economic collapse and social disintegration to industrial and agricultural growth, and collaboration to expand nuclear technology and related scientific endeavors.

The Zuma government has strongly advocated infrastructural development for Africa by means of the institutions being established by the BRICS, and has renewed a commitment to nuclear energy for power-starved South Africa. Possible nuclear collaboration with Russia was the subject of the most recent of his three trips to Russia in the last year.

On Nov. 13, efforts by the anti-Zuma opposition to delay a vote absolving Zuma of wrongdoing in state spending on his residence, led to an unruly brawl. National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete called in police to clear the room after the unruly members refused to leave.

Another development which could be parlayed into an attempt to destabilize or overthrow the government, was the Oct. 22 announcement by the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) that it would leave the ruling ANC and possibly form a party for the immediate achievement of socialism instead. The ANC has ruled South Africa since the end of the apartheid regime, in a three- way alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and COSATU, the South African trade union federation. NUMSA, the largest South African trade union, had been part of the governing coalition under the Cosatu umbrella organization.

On Nov. 7, COSATU expelled NUMSA.

The NUMSA move could gain support from the left and the poor, which would could lead to mobilized opposition to the government, potentially leading to a political realignment in the country.

The timetable for such a destabilization, aspects of which have been worked on for years, is being pushed up before the many poor people in South Africa see the benefits of the new BRICS era. The global British financial empire has well-established Soros and Ford Foundation networks established in South Africa to mobilize an assault on the government. Some of these networks are connected to Gene Sharp, who has numerous publications advocating the attainment of power by non-violent means, always in the name of democracy. Sharp claims a role in the 2011 Arab Spring destabilization of Egypt.