July 1, 2016

The British Army's Secret Plan to Prop Up South Africa's Ruling Party

Britain's Ministry of Defence has drawn up a secret report about how to keep South Africa's ruling party in power at the next election, VICE has discovered.
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By Phil Miller
May 16, 2016

Freedom of Information Requests reveal that last year, a group of military officers from Britain's Royal College of Defence Studies visited South Africa. Their assignment was to "assess the political threats to continuing ANC rule in South Africa". I sent a further FoI request, asking to see the contents of the report compiled during that trip. The request was denied. The report remains classified, with the MoD claiming that "the information contained in the report was provided in confidence and should it be released has the potential to adversely affect relations with the South African government."

The ANC, or African National Congress, has ruled South Africa since the end of Apartheid. Once the party of Nelson Mandela and the national liberation struggle, its current leader Jacob Zuma is marred by corruption allegations andaccused of running a repressive security apparatus against his political opponents.

Despite the concern surrounding the ANC's activities, the military officers were required to, "devise a medium term strategy, with concrete deliverables, for the party to retain power at the next general election".