Kim and Trump: Has South Africa Media Lost the Plot?

Published on 12th June 2018

A day after the North Korea-US summit in Singapore, the South African media was coruscating about their report of the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong un and his US counterpart Donald Trump describing it as a historic meeting. A few months back, Donald Trump referred to Africa and other Black countries as a "shithole." He has no respect for Africa and older African leaders the way he respects North Korea and its young leader.

Trump does not respect African leaders because they do not respect themselves and their people. African leaders should not expect respect from Trump when they do not respect themselves and their people. When Trump and the US threatened to wage war against North Korea, Kim Jong un called their bluff. However, the entire continent of Africa allowed Libya to go down through a useless UNSC Resolution 1973. While the US and the West respect a small country such as North Korea, they do not do the same for the entire continent of Africa.

The North Korean leader was born on the 8th January 1983/84. Trump was born in June 1946. Ramaphosa was born in 1952. Naturally, Trump should respect Ramaphosa more than he respects Kim Jong un but it is the other way round because Ramaphosa and all his predecessors are grovelling to white people and the West. When ANC leaders were holding secret talks during the imperialist brokered negotiations with white Apartheid officials, they did not put nuclear weapons in the discussions and allowed them to be taken to Israel. The young North Korean leader’s  use of  nuclear weapons as a bargain chip has  earned him respect from the US and the West in general - hence the talks that took place on Monday in Singapore.

The South African media was not bothered by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address last week of the 100th anniversary of the Afrikanerbond which was known as Afrikaner Broederbond, a secret society that was responsible for apartheid; the genocide against African people and the and assassination of Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and Black Consciousness Movement leaders. Ramaphosa was not the first to address this organisation which now claims it is no longer a secret society.

How can Trump respect leaders who govern South Africa on behalf of Britain and the US? The first thing all post-Apartheid leaders from Nelson Mandela to Ramaphosa did after assuming office was to run to Buckingham Palace and go on all fours in front of the Queen of England. A white man Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd withdrew from the Commonwealth and introduced South African currency in 1961 because he did not want his people to be under British rule and to rule on behalf of Britain. But Mandela took South Africa back to the Commonwealth and under British rule and ceded the South African currency to the South African Reserve Bank. Thirteen years after coming to power, the Apartheid government conducted a referendum to ask its constituency if it wanted to remain under British rule or to become a republic. Whites voted to become a republic and have its own currency. The ANC has been in office for twenty four years but has not conducted a referendum on any crucial issue because it does not respect its constituency. The histories of visionary leaders such as Robert Sobukwe, Zeph Mothopeng, Jafta Masemola, Onkgopotse Tiro and Steve Biko is suppressed  everyday  by ANC.

The North Koreans fought for the liberation and sovereignty of their country. They were not given a crown without the jewels like ANC leaders were in 1994. US author Karl Evanzz writes in his book The Judas Factor: The Plot to Kill Malcolm X that during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea, which began in 1910, three Korean independence movements were cultivated abroad. Because Korea was strategically important to China, the Soviet Union, and the United States, the government in each of those countries sought during World War II to cultivate individuals it believed could lead Korea following the defeat of Japan. China harboured Kim Koo, a populist regarded by his fellow countrymen as Korea’s saviour. The Soviet Union banked its hopes on Kim Il Sung, a charismatic speaker and soldier in the Red Army The United States developed plans to install Sungman Rhee, a Princeton University graduate with ties to the Office of Strategic Services which evolved into the CIA after an infusion of personnel from Nazi Germany, such as Third Reich Chief of Intelligence Reinhard Gehlen, handed over to American officials following the defeat of Germany.

After World War II ended, Japan was ejected from Korea. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union reached an agreement at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, under which Korea would be governed by a joint trusteeship. The United States would govern the southern half of the nation, while North Korea would be under the Soviet Union’s control.

Kim Koo who lived in Shanghai during the war, returned to Korea after the Japanese occupation ended. He opposed the joint trusteeship, fearing it would lead to permanent division of his homeland. Kim became a folk hero to Koreans, but a fly in the ointment to the United States and the Soviet Union. Kim’s fears became reality when General John R. Hodge, Commander of the US Occupation Forces, held a rigged election in which Kim and Rhee became leaders of South Korea. In the interim, the Soviet Union installed Kim Il Sung in newly independent North Korea.

This is how Korea was divided and that is why the current young North Korean leader does not want the liberation and sovereignty of the country his grandfather fought for so hard to  be threatened by the people who divided a united Korea into North and South. Rhee was opposed to the power sharing plan in the South, particularly since Kim Koo was pressing forward with plans to reunite Korea.

In June 1949, General Kim Chang Yong, Rhee’s close advisor and Chief of Korea’s Counter Intelligence Corps – founded by and patterned after the CIA – conspired with American Intelligence officers and a young lieutenant to assassinate Kim Koo. On 26 June 1949, while Kim was resting in his second-floor bedroom, Lieutenant Ahn Do Hi walked past three policemen standing guard outside, entered the house, proceeded to Kim’s bedroom, and shot him to death.

The assassination of Kim Koo resembles that of Jafta Masemola although the circumstances differ a little bit. Kim tried to prevent the division of Korea while Masemola wanted to prevent the selling out of South Africa by Mandela and the ANC.

While the South African media is cheer leading the summit between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump, it has failed to capture the similarities between South Africa prior to 1994 and Korea prior to 26 June 1949. The South African media has failed to record history the way it is supposed to be. The media is taking sides and is biased in favour of the governing party. South Africa’s sham freedom is dripping with the blood of Masemola and other PAC and BCM martyrs of the struggle something the South African media deliberately fails to capture.

By Sam Ditshego

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