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South Africa President Rebukes Youth Leader

Julius Malema, head of the youth wing of the African National Congress, is a young man in a hurry to make a name and reputation as a fighter and opponent of “the establishment.” Of course, he never suffered during the period in which South African blacks got their rights and an opportunity to lead the government. He wants to make a name for himself as one who will rip apart whites and let them know youth is on the march to seize power and wealth. A noble goal, but, unfortunately, not the brightest vision for South Africa which must live in an international business community. Malema enjoys singing songs about shoot the Boer” which certainly will encourage business investment in South Africa, and he insulted a BBC journalist by declaring he was a “bastard” and a “bloody agent” of whites. President Jacob Zuma who has to work with the business community rebuked Malema and ordered him to shut up.

Malema shocked many South Africans by praising the dictatorial brutal regime of President Mugabe of Zimbabwe whose policies have wrecked that nation and resulted in the death of thousands. Malema likes a man who insults whites, but, forgets in so doing he is praising a man who has brutalized millions of black citizens.

Racism In South Africa?

During the past twenty-five years the people of South Africa have moved from a society in which those of white skin possessed power, wealth and important jobs. The end of Apartheid has ended that era, but questions still remain concerning the nature of black white relations in the country. Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, wondered publicly why there is not a single black face holding an important economic policy position in the Cabinet of President Zuma. A spokesperson for the president dismissed the question as dealing with a “marginal issue.”

Perhaps, it is “marginal,” but it raises a fascinating issue as to the absence of black skinned economists in leading government positions. All this blogger can do is wonder, but the government of South Africa should offer more than merely dismissing the question.

South African Helen Zille Stands Up To ANC

Since the African National Congress(ANC) came to power in the 1990s, it has not enjoyed the presence of any opposition groups, particularly those led by a white woman. Helen Zille who did an outstanding job as mayor of Cape Town and just won the premier position in the province has upset President Zuma and the ANC for charging failure to act against the AIDS/HIV crisis. She gained a 51% majority in the Cape province and took it away from control by the ANC. She has made several provocative comments about the attitude of President Zuma whose famous remark on how to prevent AIDS infection was to take a shower after sexual intercourse. Zille was a thorn in the side of Apartheid leaders and strongly supported the ANC and Nelson Mandela. However, the ANC youth group has accused her of being a racist and a loose woman.

There is no question Helen Zille has a loose cannon for a mouth and will blast away at corruption and stupidity at the drop of a hat. She has blasted drug dealers and wants action to end AIDS/HIV which infects nearly a thousand South Africans each day. A new democracy such as South Africa needs opposing voices, that is the hallmark of democracy.

Mandela Supports African National Congress

It is impossible to separate Nelson Mandela from the political world of South Africa because he embodies the spirit that led to creation of a democratic society. Therefore, it was not surprising he announced that he would endorse the African National Congress ticket in the upcoming elections. He made clear that he regards the ANC as the group which has been in the forefront of the fight for social justice in South Africa. However, although we admire and respect Nelson Mandela as among the great leaders of the world, it is sad that he will not express views on the totalitarian behavior of some ANC leaders and attempts to silence the views of opponents. Mandela urges the ANC to adopt a positive attitude and not speak ill of opponents, but there are already signs ANC activists are attempting to silence those who disagree with their platform.

Mandela remains silent about the horror that is taking place in Zimbabwe, but he can not remain silent concerning efforts in his own country to silence opposing voices. He must speak out loudly and, if necessary, withdraw support from ANC members who refuse to accept democratic procedures.

African National Congress Threatens Democracy

Since the end of apartheid in South Africa the African National Congress which was led by Nelson Mandela has dominated politics. Mandela was a believer in democracy and fought to protect the rights of minorities, but the current situation in South Africa poses new problems for the ANC. The party has split down the middle and become two parties which means the long dominance of the ANC in parliament is now threatened by a combination of minority parties and the splinter ANC group. Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) blasted the ANC for bussing in its followers in order to prevent her from speaking. “We will not be intimidated by political thugs… There is a new fluidity in South African politics. The ANC is the weakest it has been since 1994 and the opposition is growing stronger.”

South African President has set the election for April 22 and called for “the right of all political parties to campaign in a politically free atmosphere.” However, the core leadership of the ANC will not allow its power to be weakened and it will fight to prevent the splinter group allying with minority parties in order to create a new political alliance.

What Is The Role Of Afrikaners In South Africa?

Many Afrikaner leaders increasingly are impressed by the words of African National Congress leader, Jacob Zuma, that the heritage of the Afrikaner movement will be respected in South Africa. Pieter Mulder of the Freedom Front Plus, said he was pleased at Zuma’s recent comment that “Afrikaners only have one passport. This is their home. They are just like me. I have said many times what is unique about Afrikaners is that they are the only white tribe on the continent which belongs to Africa completely.” In a recent meeting with Zuma, Pierre Theron of the Afrikanerbond urged the ANC leader to fight to restore the Afrikaner language to its rightful place in schools.

Afrikaners dominated South Africa for hundreds of years and oppressed its black skinned population which raises questions for both sides as to the role and rights of the once dominant white group. Theron wants the Afrikaner language to be used in education and to have more teachers who are versed in that tongue. It makes sense to have peace between all groups in South African society.

Finally-South Africa Has Political Competition!

A tragedy of the fight to end colonialism in Africa was causing those who led the anti-colonial movement to become the dominant power in politics and stifle the free exchange of ideas and power. Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe is the most vivid example of the fighter who opposed colonialism only once in power to display all the qualities of what he had opposed. The African National Congress(ANC) has split into two rival groups which means for the first time in South African politics there will be genuine political campaigns, the formation of alliances, compromise, and the emergence of diverse ideas on how to develop the nation. The Congress of the People(COPE) is composed of former ANC members and is now mounting a vigorous political campaign in order to obtain control of the government.

Opponents of COPE charge it seeks to end affirmative action programs, but COPE has responded it wishes to maintain the program but seeks changes to make it more effective. Unless a nation has an opposition party that is meaningful, there is no opportunity to make changes or offer alternatives to those in power. COPE is arguing the current affirmative action program contains evidence of nepotism and cronyism in selecting individuals for positions.

Hopefully, the presence of two parties vying for black votes will encourage coalitions containing parties which contain people of Asian or European backgrounds.

African National Congress May Divide

South Africa, like many nations on the African continent which obtained independence forty or fifty years ago, had in place a powerful revolutionary party which moved right into the position of assuming leadership of the government. In South Africa, it became accepted that candidates of the African National Congress would win key government positions such as president of the nation. Minor parties have always existed in South Africa, but they may now have new opportunities to have leverage on government. The African National Congress is in the process of dividing after Jacob Zuma forced President Thabo Mbeki to resign as president. A new political party is being formed by dissidents who have left their party in disgust at the tactics of Zuma.

The division of the African National Congress is a good sign for democracy in South Africa. Minority parties will finally have a voice in government and will be able to serve as watchdogs of democracy.

South African President Mbeki Agrees To Resign

The African National Congress(ANC) in South Africa decides who will lead their nation by becoming its president since most people in the nation follow its suggestions on voting. Today, the ANC lashed out at its former head, President Thabo Mbeki, and announced its intention to initiate procedures that might result in forcing a collapse of his government along with his resignation. President Mbeki responded by agreeing to resign in order to avoid a divisive era in his nation’s history. Mbeki has been engaged in a feud with Jacob Zuma, the current head of the ANC, and its acrimonious consequences have resulted in hatred between the two former colleagues. ANC leaders believe Mbeki is the one responsible for the current investigation into Jacob Zuma’s actions which many believe involve charges of corruption. The ANC announced its intention “to recall the president of the republic before his term of office expires. Our decision has been communicated to him.”

The ANC action is most probably a response to a recent ruling by High Court Judge Chris Nicholson who ruled charges of corruption against Zuma may have entailed actions by Mbeki of undue influence in the investigation. This action is merely the latest in ongoing complaints against Mbeki for his failure to act in an impartial manner during the current crisis in Zmbabwe where he has blatantly supported the corrupt and brutal regime of Robert Mugabe.

Jacob Zuma Cleared By South African Judge

The effort by the government of President Mbeki to bring charges against his African National Congress(ANC) rival, Jacob Zuma, backfired when High Court Judge Chris Nicholson ruled the decision to prosecute Zuma was invalid and based on political rather than legal considerations. African National Congress leaders hailed the verdict as a triumph for Constitutional procedures. Nicholson ruled the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) acted as though it was a law unto itself and that Zuma was not responsible for the continual delays in bringing him to trial. Zuma has always argued charges against him were initiated by President Mbeki as part of his attempt to drive him from a leadership role in the ANC.

However, many people still believe there are serious allegations concerning fraud which have never been addressed by Zuma and fear legal errors on the part of the NPA have allowed more serious mistakes to go unpunished. Ironically, Zuma has been arguing against trusting the courts to be fair, a claim that now has been proven wrong.