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National Justice Exclusive: Leaked Images From Paypal Seminar Reveals Explicit Racial Bias Against White Customers

Paypal is a prominent example of monopoly capital. Like most Silicon Valley tech firms, they like to keep their terms of service as opaque as possible. 

Even more shrouded in secrecy is how decisions to discriminate against customers are made, and who makes them. 

Leaks provided to National Justice from a private Paypal seminar give us some clues.  

In the above slide, Paypal lists targets for censorship. Some noteworthy categories are “White Advocacy,” something vaguely described as “Hate Event Involvement” (suggesting they target individuals, not actions on their platform), “Prejudiced News/Commentary,” Holocaust “denial,” and even views critical of mass immigration. 

The majority of Americans are guilty of at least one of these thought-crimes, which makes one wonder who can even use this service.

Some categories discriminate against customers based on race (“white advocacy”), while gray areas abound regarding what exactly constitutes prejudiced news, hate or religious intolerance. 

So then what entity decides who gets access to online money transfers and who doesn’t?

According to another slide, this work is deferred to the Jewish organization the Anti-Defamation League, a group funded by the Democracy Alliance called Color of Change, the FBI’s Civil Rights Division, Scotland Yard and others.

Government and non-governmental organizations are both presented as “external partners” helping make decisions on what political views and personalities are allowed. 

 

The ADL and the FBI have been very aggressively deplatforming dissidents.

According to another training slide,1800 accounts belonging to individuals, non-profits and businesses in the last year have been eliminated for political reasons using guidelines provided by their “partners.”  

65% were for what they categorize as white nationalist activity, while the next most censored group is people and organizations who advocate for immigration restrictions. A person cannot support Donald Trump’s winning issue from his 2016 campaign and still keep their Paypal, in other words. There is even a category for “prejudiced academic work.” 

The company goes on to give specific examples to train censors in spotting ideas and individuals that must be silenced. 

Most of the individuals and groups mentioned are not particularly radical, much less violent or dangerous. 

The Proud Boys, Stefan Molyneux, Gemma O’Doherty, and Katie Hopkins all have fairly mainstream conservative political views, showing just how little freedom of expression is allowed in America today. 

The only left-wing extremist on this list is Matthew Rupert, who also happens to be the only one who engaged in illegal activity. Rupert is an anarchist criminal who went to a Black Lives Matter protest and handed out explosives for people to use in terrorist acts

The way everyone except for Rupert is characterized on this chart shows the power of extremely prejudiced sources, like the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is an espionage and influence organization that operates on behalf of the state of Israel. 

The president and CEO of Paypal, Dan Schulman, is himself Jewish and eager to work with the ADL.

China and the Chinese Communist Party — who conservatives sometimes like to blame for the censorship — is not mentioned anywhere on these slides. 

Trump’s executive order on tech censorship has had no effect whatsoever even as a deterrent. Silicon Valley and various Jewish groups have responded to it by doubling down and intensifying their attempts to control what we can see, say, read and do. 

Immigrant Descended Rappers Openly Declare War Against Whites

he situation for Euro-Canadians is dire. We have a hostile government that is determined to replace us. Our institutions have been conquered by our enemies. And, every year our deaths outpace our births and foreign intruders continue to flood into our country.

A lot of people will say “well, who cares. This isn’t really even our country. It belongs to the aboriginals”. And my answer is: “we’re losing our ancestral homelands as well.”

I’ve spent the last couple of years reading books about the immigration disaster in Europe and the new world. The image below includes some of my favorites. I included one about the collapse of Rhodesia because the author’s central thesis is that Rhodesia was not lost because of war, but because of birth rates. The settler elite simply did not have demographics on their side. So, just as with the Mau Mau of Kenya, the white man was eventually pushed out of Rhodesia.



But, reading books wasn’t enough. I wanted to see first hand examples of the immigration nightmare.

So, I started watching music videos made by immigrant descended youths in Europe. The results of my research and some of my thoughts are shared in this essay. I hope this will give a little bit of insight into what we as Europeans are dealing with on a global level.

England and Baltimore


The first music video linked below is Pa Saliu. He’s Gambian-Brit but from the way he talks you can tell that he has picked up Jamaican (or what they call in the UK “Yardie”) slang. In the video he is wearing a tracksuit, walking a menacing looking pitbull, and talking about robbing “bandos”. Bando is an African-American term that means an abandoned house. Often after the commission of a burglary a home will be burned. If the building stays empty it becomes a “bando” (meaning abandoned house) and becomes a place for clandestine drug distribution. He makes a living robbing those drug houses.


The American youtuber Charliebo313 makes very good drive through videos of American slums. You can see from the video below the number of abandoned tenements. Those are the “bandos” that rappers in North America and now Europe talk about in their music and they fill an important role in the illicit drug economy. The video below is from Baltimore during the COVID quarantine. On both sides of the street you can see boarded up buildings. Those are “bandos”. 


Near the end of the video you can see masked men on unlicensed dirtbikes and ATVs. This is something that you will see in music videos by immigrant descended youths in Europe. This shows a broad consolidation of African-American culture and the culture of the immigrant descended youth in Europe.

Baltimore is looking pretty rough. It is a city that has gone through the full demographic and cultural replacement. The people that built the city are gone and what is left is an underclass culture of welfare dependence, gangsterism, and “bandos”.

The image below is of Baltimore before “multiculturalism”. White youngsters are seen polishing the marble steps of their tenement houses before church on Sunday, which was the culture of the day.

 
 
 

Netherlands

 
The next music video is of the “Dutch”-British rapper Dutchavelli. His parents immigrated to the Netherlands from Jamaica before moving to the UK. Since he was born in the Netherlands he is known as “Dutch” and that explains the Dutch part of his name. The rest of his name I am assuming is a play on the word “Machiavelli” – which seems to be a popular name among black rappers. One of Tupac’s nicknames was Machiavelli.


What’s interesting about Dutchavelli is that he talks about running “county-lines”. County-lines are mobile drug distribution networks that target rural areas.

The first rapper that I linked above; Pa Saliu – the Gambian, talks about robbing drug dealers. It’s guys like him that are making UK cities less safe to ply the drug trade. So, the dealers are pushing further out into the countryside to prey on whites that are fleeing cities and avoid predation from other criminal immigrant descended youths.

One of the interesting scenes in the music video is where he fist bumps his Hassidic-Jew record producer. This is one real world example of the Jew-POC alliance against white western civilization.



One of the other interesting things about the music of guys like Dutchavelli is that they talk about their hatred of “pagans”. This makes one assume that he is Muslim. It is likely that he became a Muslim while growing up in the UK and was not born Muslim, because Jamaica has a very small Muslim population.

This means that stories that you hear about immigrant descended criminals in Europe being turned into Muslims in prison are true.

The drug dealing, the criminality, and the hatred of “pagans” – meaning idolators – which I am assuming means “Christians” or “Native non-Muslim Brits” is just some of the ways that the immigrant descended population in Europe expresss their hostility toward the native population that were foolish enough to take them in.

Albanians in Britain


The next music video is by a group of Albanian youths in Britain that call themselves “Hellbanianz”. Albanians are well known in the UK (especially London) for being deeply criminal and are involved in all sorts of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and fraud.

I can’t speak Albanian but the music video mostly speaks for itself. One of the interesting things is that at the 2:27 mark you can see them posing on an ATV. ATVs on city streets are a common motif in the African-American criminal underclass. So, you’ve got a group of people that are Albanian, they identify as Albanian, they speak Albanian, and the rest of their culture is imported from the lawless African-American underclass.


One of the few things that I can understand is that they seem to call each other “shippas”. “My Shippas” is something that you hear repeated throughout the song. “Shippa”, I think, comes from the word “shqiptar” – which is the Albanian word for the Albanian people. In the same way that the African-American criminal underclass calls each other “niggas”, the Albanian criminal underclass in the UK call themselves “shippas”.

Sweeden


A lot of people have heard about the nightmare in Sweden dealing with their immigrant descended population. I think almost anyone that is clued into the immigration topic has heard about the nightmare in Sweden: gun crime, grenade attacks, arson, terrorism, and a rape crisis that has put Sweden at the top of all sexual assault statistics.

Pelle Neroth Taylor’s book “Dying to be Multicultural” is a good summary of the situation in Sweden but I’ve gathered some clips together that gives a visual summary of Sweden’s immigration nightmare.

This next clip is called “Stockholm city” by the Swedish rapper Sinan. I don’t speak Swedish but from what I can tell there is a crowd of immigrants, they are all waving the flags of their home countries, posing with middle eastern style scarves pulled up over their faces, and the “artist” is rapping and posing with an AK-47.


The next clip is of the Swedish rappers Blacky and Ambessa. In the video you can see them waving a congolese flag, posing menacingly with knives and an AK 47, and counting out cash.

The song is called “no face no case” which speaks for itself. They’re saying that if you wear a mask you won’t “catch a case” – meaning you won’t be criminally prosecuted if you hide your identity during the commission of a crime.

The video is filmed in the parkade of an apartment building. Imagine what it is like for the Swedes that are stuck in a building like that and when they walk down to the parkade they see a group of masked, menacing, foreign descended men posing with weapons and blasting rap music.

Sadly, this is what multiculturalism looks like up close.


The next video is from Araby, which is a neighborhood in Vaxjo – which is in small town Sweden. Through the video you can see men with crowbars breaking into a building, car burning, footage of youths throwing flares at police, footage of a man doing a drive by shooting that is filmed inside the car, people shooting fireworks at police, drugs, men waving foreign flags, and people riding around on unlicensed ATVs and dirtbikes.


The next one is a fairly typical Swedish rap video. There’s a short warning that it’s just a song and the police shouldn’t take it seriously, but it perfectly reflects the immigrant descended criminal culture in Sweden


You can see in the first scene after the disclaimer the re-enactment of a moped robbery.



France


Next I bring you to France. The first French video is called “Crapulerie”. The video starts with a bunch of masked men, posing with shotguns and (probably stolen) ATVs.

This video is more of the same – men waving foreign flags, posing with guns, and everyone is wearing black tracksuits.



One of the things that you’ll hear about in British media is talk of “moped gangs” where immigrant descended youths ride around on stolen mopeds and rob people of their phones, handbags, and backpacks. In this music video you can clearly see that they aren’t just riding around to get around but that the mopeds are being used in the commission of robberies.
This is the kind of music that incites people to do real world moped robberies.


The next clip is from the French rapper Secteur P. It’s pretty much what you expect: African youths in ski masks and tracksuits shooting guns in the air outside their apartment complex.


Germany


The next clip is from Germany. Most people know about the Turkish population that was brought into Germany after world war II to help rebuild the country after the allied bombing decimated the German population.

The video is called “Made in Turkey”.



In the video you can see muscular Turkish toughs hanging around with their dogs. At the 30 second mark one of the guys pulls a World War II era sten gun from his trunk.

I think the visuals mostly speak for themselves.


The next video is of the German-Jewish rapper GZUZ (Kristoffer Klaus – Klaus being the yiddish word for a “small synagogue”) and his rap group 187 Strassenbande. His group seems to be mostly German Jews and immigrant descended youth showing off about drug dealing, pimping women, flashing guns and cash, etc.

The member BonezMC (born Johann Lorenz Moser) seems to be a native German gentile (based on facial features and surname), making him an example of a native European that has been pulled into the predominantly immigrant descended criminal subculture.

So, I guess they’re not all foreigners.



Conclusion


In sum, I wanted to share some of the research that I have done into the music of the mostly immigrant descended criminal underclass in Europe. This is the kind of footage that people need to see because it cannot be denied. This is not stuff that is just a racist fantasy, but is being produced by the immigrants themselves for their own enjoyment. I think it’s important to do this kind of research because it helps us to understand the risk that mass immigration poses to Europe and European diaspora communities. Contrary to what the propaganda will tell you, lots of newcomers to our countries are deeply hostile and come with the mentality of looters. That’s a fact that we can ignore or deny at our own peril.

The Crisis Won’t Stop Until The Globalists Are Removed From Power

In the first week of February I published an article titled ‘The Lies We Are Being Told About The Coronavirus’. I focused primarily on the disinformation coming out of China, and for those with short memories, there was a flood of it being spread on various web forums by what I believe was an army of paid disinformation agents. The lies seemed to revolve around keeping the rest of the world passive to the potential threat by promoting a set of assumptions:

1) The disinfo suppressed the information on human-to-human spread and the level of infections, suggesting that the virus was not very transmissible or that it “only infects Asians” (anyone who actually believed this nonsense at the time was truly gullible).

2) The disinfo suppressed the actual number of deaths in China to minimize the response time of people in other countries. The assumption was “it’s nothing, why worry”. Well, as we now know, there is no way China has only suffered 4600 deaths. All the evidence leaked by health officials on the ground in China suggested a much higher number of deaths, but the disinfo was enough to keep many people from taking the threat seriously.

3) The disinfo hid the source of the virus, claiming it came from an animal/food market in Wuhan even though many of the initial patients infected by the coronavirus never had any contact with the market.  This was openly admitted by scientists within China as far back as January.  Remember the “bat soup” rumors?  All lies.  And perhaps not coincidentally, the only Level 4 Biohazard lab in Asia, which studies specifically in SARS-like viruses, is right down the road from that same market.

4) The disinformation was not only coming from China. The World Health Organization consistently tried to downplay the spread of the virus, refusing to call it a pandemic for months even though it fit all their criteria. They also lavished China with praise, taking all data the Chinese government reported as if it were verified fact and defended China against any and all detractors.

5) The level of disinformation coming from US government sources, the White House and social media companies was almost enough to match China’s lies. The US government and the WHO have been working closely with social media corporations to disrupt any analysis that runs contrary to the Chinese narrative as well as the WHO narrative.

While Donald Trump and the DoD are suddenly interested in the possibility that Covid-19 is a bioweapon (something that those of us in the alternative media tried to report months ago), at the end of January Trump was also offering China praise, saying that their data was accurate and everything was “under control”.

Dr. Anthony Fauci was in the media saying :

“This is not a major threat to the people of the United States and this is not something that the citizens of the United States should be worried about right now…”

Fauci would later go on to change his tune completely, calling for strict government controls of social behavior in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The CDC and the mainstream media actively attempted to obstruct any information that might suggest the coronavirus was made in a lab, even though in 2017 experts in bio-safety warned that the lab in Wuhan might eventually cause a dangerous virus to “escape” due to lax standards.  Slapped together studies based on a long list of assumptions (such as the false assumption that any bioweapon would be engineered to kill a maximum number of people) were designed to “debunk” the theory, but only served to raise more questions as people began to wonder why certain “experts” and journalists were so intent on dismissing the bioweapon issue so out of hand based.

6) In the meantime, the most egregious disinformation in the US centered on the economy. Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow claimed on February 4th that the damage to the US economy from the virus would be ‘minimal’. With over 26 million people now added to the unemployment rolls, millions of small business owners desperate for bailout money, GDP in freefall, manufacturing in freefall and supply chains strained to the breaking point, I think it’s safe to say Larry Kudlow is either a complete moron or he was dutifully reading from a propaganda script that was given to him.

As I noted in February:

The US economy is interdependent with multiple nations and is tightly connected to China. The greatest danger of globalism in terms of economics is that it forces national economies into losing the redundancies that protect them from systemic collapse. When one major economy goes down, it brings down all other economies with it.

Not only that, but the US financial structure is precariously unstable anyway, with record levels of national debt, consumer debt, and corporate debt, not to mention steep declines in manufacturing and demand. The US sits atop one of the most massive economic bubbles of all time – The Everything Bubble, created by the Federal Reserve over ten years of stimulus measures, barely keeping the system alive in a state of zombification.

The bubble was always going to collapse. In fact, recent events in Fed repo markets suggest it was already collapsing. The coronavirus outbreak is a perfect cover event for this implosion…”

The downplaying of the economic danger in particular, the lies all over the web about N95 masks not working, the claims that buying food and supplies is “panic behavior” akin to hoarding, a few months ago everything seemed designed to convince the public to NOT prepare for this event. And it was not just China and the WHO behind it; it was also our own government, the White House and the mainstream media.

Now, there is still ample debate about how deadly Covid-19 really is. Is it really “no worse than the flu”? I have seen data that suggests that there are many more infected people than initially believed which would diminish the death rate. I have also seen data that suggests that deaths from the virus are being under-reported, just like they were in China.

I say it is foolish to rush to conclusions until the virus actually runs the same course and infects hundreds of millions of people as the flu does annually. I will also say that I have never heard of hospitals and morgues being overwhelmed by the flu in modern times like they have been overwhelmed by the coronavirus, but this debate is a distraction from the real issue – It DOES NOT MATTER how deadly the virus is, what matters is that the current government response is unacceptable regardless.

The false dichotomy being constructed right now is that you either believe the virus is a horrible killer plague and that martial law is necessary to stop it, or, you believe the entire pandemic is somehow “staged” and that the whole thing is a hoax, making martial law unnecessary.

The truth is more likely somewhere in-between. The virus is a moderate threat, it is most likely a chimera with SARS-like qualities, it is indeed killing many people but it is certainly not the Black Plague (a friend of mine just lost someone in their mid-40’s with no previous conditions; it is still smart to take precautions), and even if it was it would not matter because government tyranny and economic lockdown do not solve the problem, they only make the situation much worse.

Now that the Chinese propaganda campaign is falling apart as the data continues to contradict what they initially reported, I have to point out, as mentioned above, that China did not do all this alone. It had the help of the UN, the mainstream media, and yes, even the CDC and the White House. Without all these entities working together to suppress information on the threat and its source, the public would have had far more time to prepare. And most of all, if governments including our own had restricted travel from China a month sooner when it was clear that human-to-human transmission of the virus was a reality, then the pandemic may have never happened in the first place.

Yet, they did not. Why?

Why was the threat downplayed and ignored? Why was travel from China kept open for weeks after the pandemic began killing thousands? Why did everyone including Trump defend China initially, only to now accuse them of at the very least negligence, and at worst biowarfare?

I have a theory, of course. I outlined the problem in great detail in my article ‘How Viral Pandemic Serves The Globalist Agenda’, published in January. This article stemmed from another article I wrote in 2014 during the Ebola event which predicted everything that is now happening today. And, this month I published an analysis on open globalists admissions on how they plan to use the pandemic to promote the one-world cashless society and medical tyranny in my article ‘Waves Of Mutilation: Medical Tyranny And The Cashless Society’.

The narrative has shifted into blaming China for everything, and they are certainly guilty of many crimes, but they are only partly responsible for the disaster. China as a whole is not the prime beneficiary of the crisis. In fact, they are suffering from an economic collapse like most other nations. But, the globalists within China, the globalists within the WHO, the globalists within the US including those in Trump’s cabinet, all benefit greatly. And this is where many people simply can’t wrap their heads around the scenario.

They can accept the idea of a Chinese conspiracy, or a UN conspiracy, or even a Trump conspiracy, but the idea that there are elites within all these countries and the White House working together? Well that’s just “crazy”, right?

I’m sorry to say that this is the reality. The US and Canada poured millions of dollars into the experiments at the Wuhan lab and the funding was greenlit by none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci in 2015. Trump’s cabinet is stacked with global elites and people like Dr. Fauci that are intimately associated with the WHO. Fauci continues to defend the WHO. Trump initially praised the Chinese response in January. The WHO has been aggressively defending the Chinese handling of the outbreak and has thoroughly praised their response, which has included using tracking apps and QR codes to watch their citizens 24/7 and implement medical totalitarianism. This same medical totalitarianism was suggested during Event 201, the “simulation” of a coronavirus pandemic funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum which was held only TWO MONTHS before the real thing happened. This is the same medical totalitarianism that Bill Gates and others like MIT are promoting as a solution today.

The globalists have consistently called for a shift into a cashless society and a technocratic surveillance culture.  Is it not convenient that these are the solutions being consistently offered in the face of the pandemic?

If you examine the chain of events, the amount of give and take between China, the WHO, and other governments including the US government and the fact that the globalists are about to get everything they want from this catastrophe, I do not think it is outlandish to suggest that perhaps this virus was unleashed deliberately and that globalists in multiple nations are working together to achieve a specific outcome.

With the US blaming China and the Chinese blaming the US, the truth is being lost in the fog of propaganda. The truth is that BOTH sides and the WHO made this pandemic possible and that the elites on ALL sides have something to gain. The end game they desire is global governance, a one-world digital currency system, and a rationale for full-spectrum surveillance of the citizenry. The pandemic allows them to have all of this unless the people take action to fight back and disrupt their plans.

Some people will call this “wild speculation” or “conspiracy theory”, but these people are either ignorant of the facts. The evidence is substantial. I have outlined it over and over again in the past few months. Luckily, I do see a growing to counter the globalist script.  Hopefully, we have the time and tenacity to stop them from getting what they want.

Understand, however, that this crisis will not stop until the globalists are unseated.  The current “wave” of the virus is only the first.  Expect wave after wave of infections, and wave after wave of lockdowns by complicit government officials.  And when COVID-19 doesn’t scare people anymore, all the elites have to do is release ANOTHER virus with varied effects.  To stop the lockdowns and to stop the pandemic we have to stop the globalists.  We have to go to the root of the threat.

South Africa Vows to End Corruption. Are Its New Leaders Part of the Problem?

MIDDELPLAAS, South Africa — The little girl hated going to the bathroom at school. The pit toilets were so dark, dirty and crumbling. Many children were so afraid of them that they simply relieved themselves in the schoolyard to avoid the ordeal.

But as she played with her best friend during recess, the girl, Ziyanda Nkosi, a 6-year-old first grader, really had to go. She stepped warily inside the closet-like latrine.

Even with the gentle pressure of her tiny frame, the floor caved in. Ziyanda flailed wildly, clinging to the edges of the hole, frantically trying to keep herself from falling in and drowning in the fetid pool below.

“Mommy! Mommy!” she screamed, managing to hold on long enough for an older boy to run in and save her.

Hundreds of parents, enraged that their warnings about the dilapidated school had been ignored for years, burst into protest a couple of days later, upending their quiet rural town for two weeks last August. They burned tires, blocked roads and demanded justice from the provincial government led by David Mabuza, a former math teacher who had become one of the most powerful figures in the African National Congress and was positioning himself to become South Africa’s deputy president.

One of the party’s historic promises had been to provide a good education for black people, who had been deliberately denied the opportunity under apartheid. A.N.C. leaders like Nelson Mandela often spoke about freeing black South Africans through school, and Mr. Mabuza, whose first big post in the province was education minister, got his political start by promising just that.

David Mabuza, congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa, now South Africa’s president, on being named leader of the African National Congress in Johannesburg last December.Credit...Joao Silva/The New York Times But under the A.N.C., the education system has been in shambles, so gutted by corruption that even party officials are dismayed at how little students are learning, in schools so decrepit that children have plunged to their deaths in pit toilets.

The rage in Ziyanda’s town grew so intense that protesters hurled stones at a local A.N.C. leader, who narrowly escaped by whipping out his handgun and shooting randomly into the crowd, wounding two children and roiling the community all the more.

Mr. Mabuza never came to the school or met with the parents — and for good reason, local officials contend. The dangerous conditions were a clear reflection of his control over the province, where millions of dollars for education have disappeared into a vortex of suspicious spending, shoddy public construction and brazen corruption to fuel his political ambitions, according to government records and officials in his party.

But the uprising and allegations against Mr. Mabuza did not crimp his political rise. To the contrary, only a few months later, as the A.N.C. tried to quash national outrage over misrule by its leaders, Mr. Mabuza scored his biggest triumph by far. He was picked to become second-in-command of the entire A.N.C., launching him into an even more prominent post — as South Africa’s deputy president, second only to the nation’s leader.

Mr. Mabuza may seem an odd choice, especially at a time when the A.N.C. is desperate to purge its reputation for graft and restore its image as the rightful heir to Mr. Mandela’s legacy. After all, Mr. Mabuza’s rural province, Mpumalanga, is fairly small, has little economic clout and is widely regarded as one of the country’s most corrupt.

But that is the vexing secret behind Mr. Mabuza’s spectacular climb, current and former A.N.C. officials say: He siphoned off money from schools and other public services to buy loyalty and amass enormous power, making him impossible to ignore on the national stage and putting him in position to shape South Africa for years to come.

“He didn’t become what he is now because of his political capability,” said Fish Mahlalela, a senior A.N.C. figure in the province and a national lawmaker.

“No, no, it was out of money and the manipulation,” he added. “Nothing else.”


Fish Mahlalela, a senior provincial A.N.C. figure, said of Mr. Mabuza, “He didn’t become what he is now because of his political capability.”

Perhaps more than any other member of South Africa’s new government, Mr. Mabuza undercuts the promise of a “new dawn” in the country after the removal of President Jacob Zuma this year.

Besieged by scandals that have hacked away at the A.N.C.’s legitimacy and electoral prospects, the party installed a new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, in February. From the start, he pledged to root out corruption and finally deliver on the promise of a just South Africa for all of its citizens.

But to seal his new post, Mr. Ramaphosa first had to secure the backing of Mr. Mabuza, 57, who built such a formidable political machine that he became kingmaker in the back-room negotiations to choose South Africa’s new president. After campaigning for a rival, Mr. Mabuza abruptly switched sides and joined forces with Mr. Ramaphosa, helping the two emerge from a pivotal party conference last December as the country’s undisputed leaders.

Then, to the surprise of many in his province, Mr. Mabuza gave a speech just weeks after being sworn in as deputy president this year, lamenting the poor state of the schools and the “tragedies that take away the innocence of our children.”

He spoke movingly of a kindergartner electrocuted at school. Of a toddler who drowned after falling into a broken pit latrine. And of a 5-year-old boy whose body was discovered by his mother at the bottom of another dilapidated pit, his hand sticking out of a pool of feces.

Such deplorable conditions were all too common, he noted, symbolizing the failure to provide black South Africans with a decent chance at life.

“Where is our care?” Mr. Mabuza said in the speech. “What has gone wrong with our nation?”

Yet under Mr. Mabuza’s leadership, millions of dollars for schools in his province have been misspent year after year, according to the national government. His province routinely spent less on poor students than required, and school construction projects have been riddled with inflated costs, government records show.

Nearly a quarter of the primary schools in Mr. Mabuza’s province still have only dilapidated pit toilets, despite ample government funds to fix them. And during his tenure, his province was caught fabricating the passing rates on the annual national exam, enabling him to claim big leaps forward that never happened.

The schools Mr. Mabuza did champion provided an easy way to funnel large amounts of money into politics, according to A.N.C. officials, high-ranking defectors and anti-corruption groups. He pushed to build big boarding schools whose costs tripled, for unexplained reasons, to $30 million each, alarming education experts. Some construction was so shoddy that roofs sprouted leaks soon after being finished, toilets barely worked, students lacked water, retaining walls collapsed and dormitories were missing doors, according to a provincial report.

Over the years, Mr. Mabuza’s province also became known as one of South Africa’s most dangerous. Nearly 20 politicians, most from inside the A.N.C., were assassinated in the past two decades, some after exposing graft in public works projects.

All the while, Mr. Mabuza’s political career flourished. He attracted legions of new A.N.C. members with government contracts, cash handouts and even KFC meals, according to current and former party officials.

His sweeping recruitment drive turned his relatively insignificant province into the A.N.C.’s second-biggest voting bloc. Under the party’s delegate system, his territory became more influential than even Gauteng, the province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, with a population three times the size and an economy nearly five times as big.

Now, critics contend, Mr. Mabuza’s role as the second-most powerful politician in the country casts doubt on the legitimacy of the new government and its bold assertions that the A.N.C. is turning the page on corruption.

Under the A.N.C., Mr. Mandela’s once heralded liberation movement, tens of billions of dollars meant to lift poor black South Africans have been stolen by party leaders. Strong institutions like the tax agency have been hollowed out by party officials bent on shielding their illicit activities.

But the nation’s poor schools are perhaps the A.N.C.’s greatest betrayal of the dreams of black South Africans — some of whom have turned to burning down schools in protest.

Mr. Mabuza, who declined to be interviewed, built his political career on the schools. Unlike other, more celebrated anti-apartheid leaders, he did not go into exile; he was not imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island. Instead, he fought for the right of black South Africans to receive an equal education, a call he echoed in his recent speech.

But the schools also offered him a rich political opportunity, officials say. Education represents about half of provincial budgets, followed by health. Officials from the National Treasury recently warned in a parliamentary hearing that misspending and mismanagement in Mr. Mabuza’s province were especially rampant in those two departments.

The consequences are evident not only in Mpumalanga, Mr. Mabuza’s province, but across South Africa, where corruption has run through every layer of the education system. Less than a quarter of South African children in fourth grade understand what they read, according to an international literacy test. In sub-Saharan Africa, where South Africa’s economy is by far the most advanced, children in countries like Kenya, Botswana and Swaziland do better in math and reading.

As many South Africans pin their hopes on Mr. Ramaphosa’s pledge for a fresh start, analysts say that much of the country is looking past an unpleasant truth: The new president owes his victory in part to corruption, and much of his administration’s future — as well as the country’s — rests in the hands of Mr. Mabuza.

“If there is any powerful person whom Ramaphosa’s presidency actually relies on, it is Mabuza,” said Ralph Mathekga, the author of “Ramaphosa’s Turn: Can Cyril Save South Africa?”

“We are being reluctant as a nation to face the reality of Mabuza,” he added. “If Ramaphosa gets hit by a bus, Mabuza is going to be the president.”

Scandal From the Start

The numbers just didn’t add up, even at the beginning.

After apartheid ended in 1994, Mr. Mabuza got his first big break: He became Mpumalanga’s education minister, a chance to shape the schools and generations of students attending them.

He had the perfect résumé. The son of farmers, Mr. Mabuza grew up here in the province, walking miles from his village to the only primary school in a nearby town. Though he often had no shoes, he always tucked in his shirt and buttoned it up to the neck, recalled Reginah Mhaule, a childhood peer.

“He was never late,” said Ms. Mhaule, a longtime ally who recently became one of South Africa’s two deputy foreign ministers.

A bright student, Mr. Mabuza ultimately took one of the few jobs available to black South Africans back then. He taught math at the local high school and later became a founding leader of a teachers’ association.

Poor schooling was a major spark in the anti-apartheid movement, most notably in Soweto in 1976, when thousands of students protested the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction. In Mr. Mabuza’s province, teachers and students began organizing against white-minority rule in the early 1980s.

Orlando High School in Soweto in 1977, one year after protests against the use of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in township schools.Credit...Agence France-Presse — Getty Images “The teachers were at the center” of the movement, said Sandile Sukati, a teacher who recruited Mr. Mabuza into the main student organization. Mr. Mabuza quickly stood out, he said, traveling far and wide to build ties among anti-apartheid groups.

“He was a leader in his own right,” Mr. Sukati said.

But after apartheid ended, Mr. Mabuza quickly ran into trouble, leading to the province’s first big scandal of the democratic era.

In 1997, three years into his tenure as education minister, the schools were performing poorly, especially on the national obsession: the annual matriculation exams that determine whether students graduate from high school. The passing rate in his province was 46 percent that year, slightly below the national average.

Mr. Mabuza was feeling the pressure, particularly as powerful A.N.C. leaders returned from exile, often with military credentials that overshadowed his own, several current and former A.N.C. officials said.

“I am in a tight situation,” Mr. Mabuza told some of the teachers, recalled Mr. Sukati, who worked under Mr. Mabuza at the education department.

The next year brought a stunning improvement. The passing rate inexplicably jumped to 72 percent — an incredible turnaround that catapulted Mpumalanga to No. 2 among the nation’s nine provinces.

“I was suspicious,” said Mr. Sukati, who is now a senior education official. “It couldn’t just happen like that.”

A whistle-blower exposed the cheating a few weeks later. The real passing rate, the authorities announced, was under 53 percent. Moreover, the doctoring had taken place inside Mr. Mabuza’s residence, where he met with a small circle of bureaucrats, some of whom were later fired, current and former A.N.C. officials said.

An investigation was never completed. Mr. Mabuza never admitted wrongdoing or suffered any significant consequences. Dropped as education minister, he was named head of housing instead.

Ever since, Mr. Mabuza’s career has been remembered for that scandal, one that helped establish the kind of culture of impunity in his province that has tarnished the A.N.C. across South Africa, current and former party officials say.

“I think, the man, he had to be charged, but unfortunately I don’t know what went wrong,” said Ronnie Malomane, an A.N.C. official who was taught math by Mr. Mabuza in the early 1980s. “They were just giving him position after position.”

Nationally, Mr. Mabuza’s standing kept rising, propelled by his success at attracting new party members. In 2009, Mr. Zuma appointed him premier of all of Mpumalanga province.

But Mr. Mabuza raised more red flags, stripping some of the decision-making power over government projects from local officials and concentrating it in his own office. He justified the move — called the “Rapid Implementation Unit” — as a way to act quickly. Others had a different explanation.

“That’s how he managed to loot,” said Collen Sedibe, a former A.N.C. leader who grew up on the same street as Mr. Mabuza and worked under him in the provincial housing department.

Treasury officials in the province say they are now investigating the irregular expenditures “incurred through the contracts arranged centrally by the Office of the Premier.”

But parents, officials and educators had warned about the damage from corruption and neglect for years, pointing to the painfully overcrowded classrooms and decaying, apartheid-era schools.

“We are teaching because we have to teach, but proper teaching and learning is not taking place,” said Bernard Shakwana, a teacher at Ziyanda’s school, Mpumelelo Primary. Last year, he tried teaching the 60 students in his class under a tree because deep cracks in the school walls and floors suggested that the building might collapse.

Tifonto Masuku, who taught at the school for 35 years, said she retired early because the conditions had become unbearable. The quality of education had suffered so much that she considered it even worse than under apartheid.

“All this is because of the A.N.C.,” Ms. Masuku said. She now runs a butcher shop.

‘They Wanted to Kill Me’

Some in South Africa see a cynicism behind the schools’ conditions. When black South Africans become educated and middle class, their loyalty to the A.N.C. tends to wane.


It took four days of rage before the local A.N.C. councilor showed up.

The councilor, Justice Twelve Siboza, explained that he had been busy the week Ziyanda fell into the toilet, tending to another corner of his ward. Other activities had also drawn his attention: He is a gospel singer with his own radio show, so he crisscrosses the region to perform at weddings and funerals.

He certainly understood the parents’ anger, he said. During the 1980s, he walked more than six miles a day to school, skipping bus fare to save enough money to eat.

But these days, he said, most students graduate without a command of the English language, dooming their job prospects.

“The foundation before was better,” he said of the quality of education in the province.

By the time he got to Ziyanda’s school, hundreds of parents had closed off the unpaved roads, furious that their grievances had been met with near silence from the A.N.C.’s leaders.

Mr. Siboza made sure to bring a gun.

Politics is dangerous in South Africa, sometimes lethal, he said. “You must stay with him,” he said of his gun.

The A.N.C. has a grip on the area around the school because most residents, aside from the lucky few working at the sugar cane plant, are poor and rely on the party for government jobs, contracts or monthly welfare grants.

It is an area Mr. Mabuza knows well. He began his ascent inside the A.N.C. as the head of this part of the province. It was once part of a homeland set aside for black people by the apartheid government. To this day, several A.N.C. officials said, Mr. Mabuza has kept a hold on it through powerful proxies.

Some see a deep cynicism behind the conditions in the schools. When black South Africans become educated and move into the middle class, their loyalty to the party tends to wane, recent elections have shown. So by perpetuating a culture of dependence, critics contend, the A.N.C. ensures its dominance.

But Ms. Mhaule, the childhood peer of Mr. Mabuza, rejected any suggestion that the A.N.C. had failed to prioritize education.

Before becoming deputy foreign minister, she served as Mr. Mabuza’s education minister in the province for nearly a decade. The A.N.C., she said, had built schools in every corner of the country, making education accessible to all. The government gives students meals, books and, to the poorest, free education. It also issues monthly grants to children, pensions to the elderly and free houses to many, she said.

She dismissed the argument that education had been as good, or better, during apartheid, calling it a false depiction of the nation’s brutal past.

“If you know the Bible, the story of the Egyptians moving from Egypt to Canaan, when they were faced with the Red Sea, they said, ‘Why did you take us out of Egypt? It was good there,’” she said.

Officials like Ms. Mhaule say the rising pass rate on the national high school exam provides clear evidence of progress. But the figures can be misleading. The number of students taking the exam has declined in the past two years. Weaker students who would drag down the rate are being held back, education experts say.

About 600 protesters gathered at the school that cold Friday morning when Mr. Siboza, the local A.N.C. councilor, arrived with a police escort. As he moved to talk to the parents, demonstrators showered him with rocks.

“They wanted to kill me,” the councilor said.

Mr. Siboza made a run for it, reaching for the hip holster under his brown overcoat. He took out his gun — firing three times and hitting two teenagers, a girl and a boy.

Lwazi Thobela, shot in the arm, was one of the students injured by Mr. Siboza.


Agreement Mashele, the school board chairman, was shocked. “This man is a church member,” he said.

A few days later, the A.N.C. councilor visited the children he had wounded.

“The councilor said he was very sorry,” said the girl, Siphesihle Ngobeni, whose left leg was grazed by a bullet. The councilor pleaded with her not to press charges and gave her about $15, she said. She used the money to buy sanitary pads.

The boy’s injury was more severe. His father, Petros Thobela, who had gone to the same primary school and did not have a job, accepted a similar apology and compensation of, according to the councilor, about $150.

The boy’s mother, Nobuhle Ndlovu, who does odd jobs, deplored the state of education.

“They promise,” she said, “and they just disappear.”

Still, she would remain loyal to the governing party.

“Yes, of course, I vote A.N.C.,” she said. “It’s our freedom.”

‘He Always Had Money in His House’

When costs are suspiciously high and schools poorly built or maintained, A.N.C. officials say, it is often a warning that money is being skimmed.

The protests spilled into September, but the country’s attention was fixed on another battle: the national push to replace Mr. Zuma as South Africa’s president.

The all-important A.N.C. party election was only a few months away, and officials in Mr. Mabuza’s province were bracing to see whether his years of hard work had paid off.

In early October, the A.N.C. released the delegate breakdown, with good news for Mr. Mabuza: His previously low-ranking province was now the A.N.C.’s second-most powerful.

Mr. Mabuza owed his outsize influence to a single feat. In the past decade, A.N.C. membership in his province had skyrocketed nearly 190 percent, eclipsing the national increase of less than 60 percent. No other province came close to matching Mpumalanga’s explosive growth.

But Mr. Mabuza’s numbers were as cooked as his high school passing rates, current and former A.N.C. officials contend.

In South Africa, taxes are collected by the national government, which distributes the money to provinces. The provinces then use the money — with little oversight from above.

Treasury officials in Mpumalanga say that “irregular expenditures” more than doubled in the previous two budget years, particularly in education, housing and health.

Wages account for most of the education and health budgets. So money is usually siphoned off by politicians and business allies through contracts for services or construction, A.N.C. officials say. When costs are suspiciously high, schools are poorly built or facilities are badly maintained, they say, it is often a warning that money is being skimmed, at the students’ expense.

Lattie Lubisi, center, is head mistress of the Mpumelelo Primary School.

As premier, Mr. Mabuza promoted the construction of big boarding schools, or mega schools, in farm areas to improve rural education. Since 2012, the province has completed five, with two more in the pipeline.

For reasons that have not been explained, the price of each school has ballooned from $11 million to around $30 million.

Asked whether Mr. Mabuza wanted the mega schools to facilitate the theft of public funds, Ms. Mhaule, his former education minister, laughed and said, “I don’t know.”

But other officials say the mega schools were overpriced projects to reward Mr. Mabuza’s allies and finance his A.N.C. membership drive.

Mr. Mabuza “decided that they’re going to build mega schools because that’s where the money is,” said Mr. Mahlalela, the senior A.N.C. official. “These small schools where there’s a crisis of 16 toilets, it’s not a big sum of money. So it’s not easy to steal.”

With the money Mr. Mabuza amassed, current and former A.N.C. officials said, his operatives signed up supporters by providing jobs, money or even just lunch, illegally inflating the party’s membership rolls by paying people’s annual dues with government money.

Mr. Malomane, the A.N.C. official who learned math from Mr. Mabuza in high school, said his former teacher used other tricks to exaggerate the ranks of party loyalists, like “cloning,” in which one person appeared on several party membership rolls at once.

On Mr. Mabuza’s farm in Barberton, south of the provincial capital, his power was on full display, current and former A.N.C. officials said. He received contractors and took his cut before projects were awarded, they said. Those who refused to participate often faced exile.

Mr. Sedibe, his former ally, recounted how young party workers went to the farm for wads of cash from Mr. Mabuza — often about $750 — to wage his recruitment drive.

“He always had money in his house,” said Mr. Sedibe, who is now an opposition leader.

A Government in Trouble

Temporary pre-fabricated classrooms at Mpumelelo Primary School.

Mr. Mabuza — known as “D.D.” back home — was sworn in as deputy president in February. “His passion,” reads his official biography, “still remains in education.”

Minutes after the swearing-in, he faced questions about corruption and political killings in his province. “There’s nothing to set straight,” he told the national public broadcaster.

“I’m here to serve South Africans,” he added. “Let’s give this government a chance.”

He beamed: He now served under President Ramaphosa, who had served under President Zuma, who had served under President Thabo Mbeki, who had served under President Mandela. All of them, except for Mr. Mandela, were forced out by their successors.

Asked whether Mr. Mabuza would lead the nation one day, Ms. Mhaule, his former education minister, sounded confident.

“He may,” she said. “He will. Not he may, he will.”

As Mr. Ramaphosa, who declined to be interviewed, struggles to unite the A.N.C. and overcome corruption, Mr. Mabuza has vowed to “protect” the president.

“He is very safe with me next to him,” Mr. Mabuza has said.

But back in Mr. Mabuza’s province, the government is in trouble. The two biggest departments in the budget — education and health — are plagued by mismanagement, the National Treasury says. The health department is at risk of being taken over by the provincial treasury. Political killings have resumed.

“The center does not hold anymore,” said Mr. Sedibe, the former A.N.C. leader.

In June, residents furious over poor government services set four schools on fire.

“Where are the children going to learn?” asked Sdudla Mlambo in a township called Matsulu.

The night before, a fire tore through six classrooms in her granddaughter’s school. Yellow tape cordoned off the site.

A neighbor, Jessica Sibiya, a 17-year-old high school student, said she used to attend the school. But with Mr. Mabuza’s ascent, she said with a smile, things were looking up. Surely his hour would come.

“I’ll be happy if D.D. becomes president,” she said. “He’ll help this province.”


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