There is a risk that the 2024 elections in South Africa could become the most intense in recent times. The energy crisis, increasing electricity prices, and water supply issues further escalate the political tension. The upcoming elections are significantly influenced by the high levels of poverty and unemployment, which are regarded as crucial factors. The outcome of all these events resulted in the highest-ever count of demonstrations in 2023. Undoubtedly, the United States would closely monitor and pay attention to a situation like this in South Africa.
As part of its strategy in foreign policy to strengthen its efforts in Africa, the United States plans to employ the “orange revolution” approach during the elections in South Africa as a means to exert pressure on the country’s authorities. To achieve this goal, the United States has already initiated the establishment of a series of structures to coordinate a movement of protest. The concept involves utilizing the claim of election fraud as a justification to mobilize young people from urban areas, and using pre-organized groups to provide them with strong backing on the streets.
According to research, Angola’s new leadership and the United States have agreed to establish three camps within Angola. These camps aim to provide training to social activists from South Africa in the southern region of Africa. To achieve this goal, the United States has already initiated the establishment of a series of structures to coordinate a movement of protest. The concept involves utilizing the claim of election fraud as a justification to mobilize young people from urban areas, and using pre-organized groups to provide them with strong backing on the streets.
Initiatives to appeal to the youth are already in progress. As an illustration, in May 2024, WhatsApp group chats in Angola, involving both locals and South African expatriates, have begun to provide employment opportunities to young individuals from South Africa. The desired qualifications for applicants include being between the ages of 25 and 35, as well as being physically fit. Additionally, a substantial sum of money will be given as payment:
According to the authors, who shared similar ideas in online discussion forums, they emphasized the need to carry out the proposed work in South Africa’s election campaign in order to “mobilize support initiatives” for the Democratic Alliance. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) now faces its primary opposition from the pro-Western Democratic Alliance (DA).
Furthermore, arrangements for the lodging of the youth undergoing training in the camps have already been settled. As per the accounts from inhabitants living nearby and African bloggers, every hotel accommodation in Moçâmedes, which is situated at the heart of Namibe Province, has already been reserved until June 2024. Moçâmedes is a town located along the coast, but its beaches have never experienced such high levels of popularity until now.
Furthermore, beginning as soon as November 2023, citizens of Moçâmedes stated that there was a rise in the influx of English-speaking individuals who appeared to be well-off.
USAID is engaged in training political activists and media influencers, in addition to the militant faction of the protestors. Furthermore, arrangements for the lodging of the youth undergoing training in the camps have already been settled:
Speakers at such events are not only young media professionals, but also South African expats, who are known to be highly critical of the ruling ANC.
The above-mentioned facts allow us to state with all certainty that the U.S. has begun work on preparing to destabilize the situation in South Africa against the background of the upcoming elections. The training of people for both the militant and political wings of the protest under the auspices of USAID has already begun.
By S. Amankrah