Category Archives: South Africa

Mandela, The Man

Nelson Mandela will shortly leave this Earth and departed to another place in life-Death. He is among the few African or Middle Eastern leaders whose focus was upon peace and reconciliation rather than upon hate and greed. Actually, there is no leader in the United States of America who has the mind set of this man from Africa whose goals were to put aside negativity and self  importance in order to aid his society in attaining a successful society. We Americans have the Tea Party, a group of selfish self-centered individuals who lack any sense of community. Mandela regarded ALL South Africans as his children, regardless of the color of their skin or how much money they possessed.

The Middle East just experienced Mohamed Morsi, a man who turned aside from working with all Egyptians in order to create a society dedicated to fostering community and concern for the future of the nation. Mandela understood that a new nation could not be divided, a new nation had to instill in all citizens a sense of community. The tragedy of Africa is that only one Mandela emerged.

Nelson Mandela: An Unusal Man Of His Time

There are few times in history when a leader emerges whose views are world wide rather than his bank account. There is not a single leader in the Middle East, in the United States of America, in Europe or any part of Africa or Asia who possesses the qualities of humanity that dwell within the heart and soul of Nelson Mandela. He demonstrated that true leadership is focusing on peace and reconciliation after a conflict. He not only showed the people of his nation, but the world that a leader reaches out to all sides in a conflict and works at conflict resolution rather than fostering hate and violence.

He is 94 years old, actually, he is 94 years young in mind and soul. He is ill and will shortly die. Unfortunately, those who followed him as leader of South Africa became focused on power, not on working to bring a decent life to each and every South African. Mandela worked to build his bank account of peace and reconciliation, his followers were more interested in a financial bank account.

Peace Comes Before Peace

During the South African struggle against white rulers there were numerous murders of innocent people, bombs set off, and innocent people killed. Finally, led by Nelson Mandela and concerned white people, a truce came about and people agreed not to look back, but to look forward. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission forgave those who had murdered, and, in so doing, set the stage for peace. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been working with the Arab League and both Israel and Palestinian leaders in order to get the path of peace to become well traveled. But, there still remain forces which prefer violence and accountability for past crimes.

Israel authorities killed a Palestinian militant who was behind violence. Hitham Masshal, a global terrorist” was taken out. On the West Bank, Eviatar Borovsky, a West Bank settler, was murdered while waiting for a bus. Prime Minister Netanyahu vowsa “we will not accept the sporadic firing of  rockets.”

If peace is the goal, then focus on peace.  Initially, it will not be perfect and some very bad people will get away with minimum punishment. Nelson Mandela understood that if peace is the goal, then end revenge and  concentrate of peace and harmony. It is a choice.

South African Police Go South

It is over two decades since the people of South Africa created a society in which skin color did not determine individual rights. However, scarcely a week goes by without a story concerning abuse of human rights by police in the country. The world was shocked last week  by a video which depicted an immigrant being dragged through the streets by a police car. He was handcuffed to the rear of the car as the vehicle drove on. General Riah Phiyega expressed her shock at the death of Mido Macia from neighboring Mozanbique.

A murder investigation is now in process. Since the entire world knows what  happened we can expect some form of punishment. The real problem is that similar abuses of human rights are daily occurrences in South Africa and few will ever be known, let alone lead to punishment.

Police Murder, Charge Victims!

Miners in South Africa went on strike. As in any strike, there is anger, shouts of violence and, most probably, a few men who arm themselves. The strike at Marikana platinum mine ended in disaster. Police charged the strikers and the ensuing battle killed about 34 men. So, who does the State Prosecutor charge with causing the death of the miners– the miners!! He has charged 270 strikers–those still alive, witht murder of their colleagues.

Lawyers for miners were schocked when the  State Prosecutor increased the charge from attempted murder to murder. This is certainly a novel way to handle police brutalilty. There is no question the situation was tense, there is no question that miners were ready for violence, but it is exactly at that moment clear headed police hold back and proceed with some form of negotiations.

 

Death In South Africa

Those  who lived during the horrible years in South Africa when the white government disregarded the rights of black skinned people,  we can never forget bloody scenes in which white police fired upon crowds of demonstrating citizens of South Africa. We all expected that once Nelson Mandela helped create a modern multi-cultural society those days of blood and death were no longer going to appear. Alas, the dreams of yesterday, have been transformed into the nightmares of today.

A group of black miners were demonstrating. Yes, they had sticks, yes, some carried machetes. Black and white South African police approached the crowd and began firing without restraint. When their bullets smashed into bodies, the end result was that 30 men were dead and untold dozens wounded. The media depicted white and black police wallking casually past the bloodied corpses of black men lying crumpled in the dirt.

Most have returned to work. But, the legacy of death lingers on and old memories are resurrected.

It is a sad day for democracy in South Africa.

Death And Demagogues In South Africa

The nation of South Africa was shocked at the murder of 34 miners who were on strike against their company. Police fired into the crowd of miners and the result was the worse massacre of humans since the old days of apartheid. President Zuma rushed to the scene and made attempts to calm angry voices. He did not do a good job resulting in demagogues to enter the dialogue with voices of anger and hate.

Julium Malema, who was expelled from the African National Congress due to preaching hate against whites came to the scene of violence. He decided to play the colonial race card. Malema blamed white mine owners for the massacre. “The British are making money out of the mines.” He went on to denounce President Jacob Zuma for the deaths of innocent people.

Perhaps, it is time for decent wages or nationalization.

Let’s Not Tell A Secret

South Africa recently passed the State Protection of Information Bill which is designed to prevent anyone from stealing its state secrets. According to State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, “if I am a foreign spy any legislation which makes me work harder won’t be nice for me.” Let me get this  straight. The bill won’t prevent spies from getting information they seek, but it will make them “work harder.” If I am a spy  working harder means receiving more money and if I have any common sense the harder it is for me to get information, the more money I receive.

Of course, the flip side is  protecting state information means that South African citizens can not obtain desired information. Dennis Dlomo of the State Security department insists, “we are not hiding(information) from   our fellow South Africans, we are hiding it from those who are trying to harm our national interests.” But, what if your fellow South Africans want information that you claim damages national interests? Of course, every government insists it is protecting national interests.

Moral Decline Of South Africa!

The people of South Africa were outstanding in their fight to achieve a democratic society so it is distressing to witness those who fought for freedom to abandon the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe is a thug who has ordered opponents to be beaten, raped and killed in order to maintain power, but this apparently does not bother the leaders of South Africa. Once again, the magic word of “colonialism” was used to cover up support for petty dictator.

Keith Khoza,speaking for the African National Congress, justified support for a murderer and rapist by  announcing, “we are consolidating our relationship as a former liberation movement and we are supporting them.” In other words, the ANC will back Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party despite its record of brutalizing people in Zimbabwe. Instead of backing the Movement for Democratic  Change and its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, the ANC will allow gangsters masquerading as “liberators” to continue their reign of murder and rape in Zimbabwe.

Shame on the African National Congress for abandoning the people of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, The Magic Dragon

Robert Mugabe has ruled the country of   Zimbabwe for many, many years and the end result is that a nation which once was among the wealthiest nations in Africa is now reduced to poverty. An advertisement  from South African nando resttaurants depicts the man who enjoys torturing and murdering opponents as “the last dictator standing.” The sixtysecond commercial shows the thug president eating alone at a table which once had dictators like Gaddafi.

The ad soundtract has Mugabe recalling the good old days with dictators to the tune of “those were the days.” He and Muammar Gaddafi engage in a water fight and then Mugabe makes sand angels with departed Saddam Hussein.

My question is: Does Mugabe dislike truth in advertisement?