Chinese Communist Party Strengthens Grip On South Africa

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times | New Zeal

Chinese leader Xi Jinping (L) inspects a military honor guard at the Union Building in Pretoria on July 24, 2018, during his official state visit to South Africa. (PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is tightening its grip on South Africa on many levels.

The secretary general of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, has announced that ANC cadres will be trained by the CCP before next year’s South African general elections. The ANC will be sending around 300 cadres to the CCP’s training academy to “learn more about party discipline and loyalty.”

According to Magashule, Chinese officials would be “employed to assist local government executives in implementing a powerful communications strategy.” Magashule reportedly said there was a lot to be learned from CCP expertise in “strategy and propaganda.”‎

This announcement leaked to the South African public directly after the 10th annual BRICS summit, held in Johannesburg on July 25–27. The gathering brought together Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a conference themed “BRICS in Africa.”

BRICS is essentially the global redistribution of wealth through creating a leftist global economic alliance able to challenge, and eventually defeat, the United States and her allies.

During the conference, Chinese leader Xi, as part of the CCP’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, pledged investments totaling $14 billion to help boost the rapidly failing South African economy.

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