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    ANC North West: Cops allegedly detain and beat Forces of Change delegates in Mangaung - G MARINOVICH & T LEKGOWA - SOUTH AFRICA
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      ANC North West: Cops allegedly detain and beat 'Forces of Change' delegates
      in Mangaung

      - SOUTH AFRICA <http://dailymaverick.co.za/section/south-africa>


      - 19 DECEMBER 2012 21:26 (SOUTH AFRICA)


      A group of ANC delegates from North West told NewsFire they were illegally
      detained and beaten by police, and that their accommodation in Bloemfontein
      was searched without a warrant. These delegates are aligned with the
      �Forces of Change� faction of the party and were denied accreditation at
      the beginning of the ANC�s elective conference in Mangaung. By GREG

      According to the group, police arrived at their house in Bloemfontein on
      Wednesday afternoon. Police were allowed onto the property, yet proceeded
      to kick down the door to the house and search it. Police claimed to be
      looking for �weapons and heavy weapons�, but found nothing.

      In the course of the raid, the people in the house were told by police to
      strip off their shirts and were then taken outside and forced to lie on the
      ground, where their hands were bound behind their backs with cable ties.
      One person, too scared to allow NewsFire to use his name, claims that he
      was kicked in the mouth by police.

      NewsFire saw at least two people at the Central police station in
      Bloemfontein, attempting to lay charges.

      A resident at the delegates� house said that this raid followed a raid on
      Monday in which police without a warrant wanted to search the house and
      cars for weapons, which the delegates allowed. Nothing was found.

      Volksblad, a Bloemfontein newspaper, reported on the Monday raid earlier in
      the week, saying that a group of ANC delegates were targeted by heavily
      armed police looking for weapons.

      Delegates detained in Wednesday�s raid told NewsFire that the raid was
      conducted by regular South African Police Service (SAPS) officers
      accompanied by men in camouflage uniform and wearing balaclavas. The only
      police unit known to wear camouflage uniform is the Strategic Task Force,
      an elite unit of less than a hundred members countrywide, who undergo
      rigorous training akin to the military reconnaissance unit.

      The delegates from the North West are aligned with the �Forces of Change�
      faction of the ANC who are opposed to President Jacob Zuma�s second term as
      ANC president, and believe they are being persecuted for supporting Zuma�s
      opponent Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

      The ANC in the North West is split between pro- and anti-Zuma factions. The
      faction supporting Zuma is led by Supra Mahumapelo, the provincial
      chairperson. The faction against Zuma is led by Kabelo Mataboge, the
      provincial secretary who survived an attempted assassination a few weeks
      ago. Mataboge, representing 700 disgruntled North West ANC members, led an
      unsuccessful legal challenge to obtain an interdict preventing provincial
      delegates from attending the national conference in Mangaung, on the basis
      that the nomination processes had been unlawful.

      During the North West provincial delegate nomination process, Mataboge
      claims that he was locked in a room to prevent his participation. Last
      week, he was suspended from the ANC and on Sunday evicted from the national
      conference venue in Mangaung. The grounds for his suspension remain
      unclear, but he believes it was motivated by his vocal support of Zuma�s
      opponent Kgalema Motlanthe as well as his high-profile involvement in the
      legal challenge.

      Police were approached for comment, but had not responded by the time of
      publication. *DM*

      *Photo: Stringer/NewsFire*

      Cyril Ramaphosa: ANC Deputy, captain of industry

      - SOUTH AFRICA <http://dailymaverick.co.za/section/south-africa>


      - 20 DECEMBER 2012 12:05 (SOUTH AFRICA)


      The revolutionary-turned-industrialist, the activist-turned-billionaire,
      Cyril Ramaphosa once led the mightiest of trade unions that helped bring a
      regime to its knees. Newly elected as Jacob Zuma�s deputy, his massive
      wealth and business interests might just be his Achilles� heel. By MANDY DE

      There�s much that�s Dickensian about the proposition presented by Cyril
      Matamela Ramaphosa following his ascent by stealth to position of SA�s
      president-in-waiting. It doesn�t take much imagination to picture Ramaphosa
      writing his autobiography, and saying of 2012: �It was the best of times,
      it was the worst of times�

      Just as The Tale of Two Cities tells the story of a French peasantry,
      dejected and disillusioned by the excessive and brutal rule of the
      aristocracy, so Ramaphosa steps right into the centre of the political ring
      as a billionaire during a time of working class rebellion and service
      delivery riots.

      Ramaphosa was a revolutionary who was charged twice under the apartheid
      regime�s terrorism act, but who is now a mining mogul with shares in
      Lonmin, the company that runs the Marikana mine where 34 workers were shot
      dead this year in what will go down as one of the most shameful events in
      our young democracy.

      The son of a policeman, Ramaphosa helped found a trade union, seven years
      before democracy, that would be instrumental in bringing a regime to its
      knees. Decades later he�d become an industrialist who�d pass time on a
      Friday night in April bidding up to R18-million on a buffalo.

      It would have been much easier for the man who helped draft South Africa�s
      constitution to follow Nelson Mandela as president. Mandela opted for
      Mbeki, in a move that was said to have deeply wounded Ramaphosa, so much so
      that he didn�t attend Madiba�s inauguration. Ramaphosa had less money then,
      and was less entrenched in business.

      Today the very characteristic that makes him so attractive as a leader, is
      also his Achilles� heel. As newly elected Wits Vice Chancellor and
      political analyst Adam Habib told the LA
      �The ANC says it's committed to the notion of economic transformation. If
      that is true, how do you elect a billionaire as your deputy president?� he
      asked. (Ramaphosa is worth more than 3 billion rand.) �He has an admirable
      political record, but his track record on economic transformation is

      Then there�s that passage from Lydia Polgreen in The New York
      �Another thorny question is how to untangle Mr. Ramaphosa from the business
      he has built. His investment company, Shanduka, has holdings in a broad
      variety of investments, and Mr. Ramaphosa has been an active investor,
      working closely with the companies in which he has put money, business
      associates say. �His business interests are so intertwined with
      government,� said one business associate who has worked with Mr. Ramaphosa
      on a number of projects but declined to be identified given his impending
      political rise. �It will be very hard for him to walk the line�.�

      Ramaphosa�s involvement in business reads a lot more like a protracted
      shopping list than a CV of sorts or a biography, and it is telling that all
      of his business interests and directorships aren�t listed on his
      abbreviated profile at The Presidency�s

      As executive chair of Shanduka, the investment company he founded in 2001,
      Ramaphosa has interests in resources, energy, financial services, food and
      beverages, and property. Shanduka has investments in some of the most
      influential and powerful businesses in South Africa (and in some cases
      globally). These include Macsteel, Scaw Metals SA, Lonmin (through Incwala
      Resources), Kangra Coal, McDonald�s SA, Mondi Plc, Lace Diamonds, Pan
      African Resources Plc, Coca-Cola, Seacom, MTN, Bidvest, Standard Bank,
      Alexander Forbes, Investment Solutions, and Liberty Group.

      Besides the executive role he has at Shanduka, he is the joint
      Non-Executive Chairman of Mondi Group, and the non-executive chair of MTN,
      and a number of other companies Shanduka has interest in like Standard Bank
      and Bidvest. He is also on the board of SABMiller.

      Business Day<http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/2012/12/19/ramaphosa-to-review-business-interests-to-remove-conflicts>
      that despite there being no legal or party rules that compel him to
      disclose his interests or withdraw from business, there are proposals on
      the table at Mangaung that might change this. Business Day said Ramaphosa
      decided to declare his interests voluntarily.

      �In consultation with the ANC officials I am undertaking a process of
      engagement with several stakeholders on the implication of my election to
      this post,� Ramaphosa said. �This will include a review of existing
      positions, responsibilities and obligations. It is intended that this will
      result in an arrangement that removes any conflict of interest.�

      While some believe his business skills will be of great benefit to his
      political capabilities, many view this as a hindrance. �In a party that is
      grappling above all with inequality, how does it look to have a deputy
      president who is a billionaire?� asked Habib.

      Ramaphosa biographer Anthony Butler offers an insightful reply to this
      question. �It is certainly troubling to be rich when there are so many poor
      people in society. But the ANC is squaring this circle in the same way that
      wealthy Christians believers have always been, by treating wealth as a sign
      of grace. If you are rich you are in favour � either with God or Luthuli

      Hopefully in this �winter of despair where everything lies ahead of us�,
      Ramaphosa might rise to greatness, and take the high road, which would see
      him �lay down his life in the service of others so that they may realise
      peace, some sense of prosperity�, and dare we say happiness. *DM*

      Read more:

      - Cyril Ramaphosa�s biography at SA History
      - A list of Shanduka�s business interests can be found
      - Who is Cyril Ramaphosa � An answer from Rolf Meyer
      - Cyril Ramaphosa�s business empire in The

      *Photo: ANC heavyweight and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa during the ANC
      Mangaung conference as a supporter of President Zuma holds two fingers
      raised behind him. 17 December 2012, ANC 53rd Conference, Mangaung. (Greg

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