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South Africa President Blasts Youth Leader

The end of apartheid meant many things for people in South Africa. For some, it was the beginning of a new era in which black people would rule and whites had to pay the price of years of oppression. African National Congress Youth Leader, Julius Malema has assumed the mantel of pushing for punishment of whites and stripping them of power in his nation. His wild statements include singing the song, “kill the Boer” which recently was banned by the courts for fear it would result in violence between whites and blacks. President Jacob Zuma warned Malema his statements were not appropriate and threatened the economy of the nation since fear of attacks on economic leaders might cause a stock market panic as well as fear of white withdrawal from South Africa.

Nelson Mandela created an environment in which past hate had to be replaced by a new culture of cooperation between people and avoidance of retaliation for past mistakes. Malema wants to abandon the ideas of Mandela and replace them with threats and fears of violence which would tear the nation apart.

President Zuma-Cease Pretending, Mugabe Is A Dictator!

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa continues insisting things are going well in Zimbabwe and it is time for western nations to provide more aid. Even as he speaks, opposition MPs are arrested on false charges, members of the Movement for Democratic Change are beaten or lose their jobs, and Zuma pretends that Zimbabwe is some sort of fairy land of peace and serenity. Human Rights Watch stated the truth: “the region’s leaders need to press Zimbabwe openly and publicly for human rights reforms to prevent the country from backsliding into state-sponsored violence and chaos.” Georgette Gagnon of HRW, put it even more bluntly: “South African leaders should stop looking at Zimbabwe through rose colored glasses.”

To Jacob Zuma, President Robert Mugabe was a leader in the fight for independence. Yes, he was, but that was thirty years ago. Since then he has become a kleptomaniac and tyrannical ruler. The past is dead, it is time for Zuma to see the world as it is –today in 2009!

President Mugabe Gears Up For War

In many ways, President Robert Mugabe symbolizes the problems of modern Africa. He is a brutal dictator who makes agreements to adhere to international law but within days after promising such behavior, he goes right back to arresting opposition members or beating up rivals. South African MPs Wilmot James and Kenneth Mubu told the media they have information which suggests Mugabe is creating an arms arsenal that he could use against the opposition if anyone challenged his dictatorial rule. According to Mubu, “I think there is not doubt Mugabe is preparing for war. We spoke to very, very reliable sources” and they insist Mugabe is in negotiation with the Cuban, Venezuelan and North Korean governments to secure arms and ammunition.

Most probably there are still those on the left who continue admiring President Hugo Chavez whom they regard as a man who stands up to capitalist America. Unfortunately, the only standing up for Chavez is to protect his power. He has failed to respect the rights of democratic forces in Africa by allying himself with the likes of Robert Mugabe.

One might also ask where is South African and President Zuma in this entire mess?

What Did South African Generals Say About Zimbabwe?

The flow of refugees from Zimbabwe into South Africa continues creating enormous problems for a country which already has a large base of unemployed workers. One could think it advisable for the government of South Africa to assist efforts at restoring peace and sanity to the nation of Zimbabwe, but President Zuma thinks differently. NGOs are requesting that he release a report written by South African generals who were sent to Zimbabwe by former President Mbeki to investigate the situation. It is believed they were highly critical of the performance of President Mugabe, an old buddy of Mbeki. President Zuma insists the generals never sent a report to Mbeki.

There is something rather amiss in the state of South Africa if one is to believe six generals were sent to another nation to investigate violence and they never submitted a written evaluation as to what was seen. As one NGO noted: “to suggest that this amount of money could be spent and the admitted investigation conducted merely for a once-off oral briefing to be made to the president–beggars belief!”

What was reported and what were their recommendations? The people of South Africa are entitled to know–so are the oppressed people of Zimbabwe.

South African Inaction= Zimbabwean Action!

It is estimated there currently are at least three million refugees from Zimbabwe in the nation of South Africa. The prior leader of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, allowed his personal feeling of friendship for President Robert Mugabe to ignore the chaos in Zimbabwe which resulted from corruption, brutality, and anti-white farmer policies to cause a collapse of the economy. The result was a mass exist of millions from their land in search of food and shelter for themselves and their children. The Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) estimates at least two thousand Zimbabwean refugees continue crossing over into South Africa each month. Refugees automatically receive a permit which allows them to remain in South Africa for six months and their children can obtain schooling. They have the right to work and obtain health care. None of these is available in Zimbabwe where the unemployment rate is 94%.

President Zuma must make clear to President Mugabe that freedom must be restored to Zimbabwe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai allowed to organize a cohesive government free from the oppressive forces of the police and army. There must be an end to seizure of farms for a few years in order to restore some semblance of economic stability. If not, South Africa will be shouldering an enormous burden.

Zimbabwe Continues Failing And Failing

The attempt to create a coalition government in Zimbabwe between dictator Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change simply is not working. As Prime Minister Tsvangirai recently noted: “we have not succeeded in restored the rule of law.. our people do not live free from fear, hunger or poverty.” His efforts to lean over backward in order to accommodate the whims of Mugabe have not been able to restore an economy that can function. Mugabe began the current fiasco by seizing land of white farmers and turning them over to his fellow thugs and buddies. The result was the collapse of the Zimbabwe economy that has left 94% of people without jobs and continued existence dependent on outside aid.

South Africa is the only hope of the people of Zimbabwe. President Zuma must insist on reform on the part of Mugabe and make clear the old days of looting Zimbabwe are over. Mugabe continues seizing productive farm land resulting what Tsvangirai terms “productive land lies fallow and people hungry.”

Disaster Looms In Zimbabwe

The constant slow descent into disaster continues in Zimbabwe with infection rates for cholera at the 100,000 mark along with at least 4,200 deaths. The sanitation system has collapsed and hunger stalks the land. It is estimated over 50% of children who have died have been classified as under nourished since food is difficult to find in a society run by a meglomaniac whose only thought is furthering the interests of his friends even if it comes at a cost of hunger and starvation to the people. The 2008 harvest was the worst in history and this year it is even expected to be even more dismal. South African president Jacob Zuma is expected to take a more activist policy against President Mugabe than his predecessor, who allowed friendship to get in the way of saving the people of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is a failed nation. The unemployment rate is about 94% and the education system which once was the pride of Africa has simply collapsed. The solution is clear– Mugabe must go and Morgan Tsvangirai given power to take the steps necessary to restore sanity to the country.

Is South Africa Led By Sexist Men?

Helen Zille, leader of the South African Democratic Alliance, charged that sexism and misogyny were part of the society because of examples set by the nation’s leader, including President Jacob Zuma. She cited a recent study which revealed that 27% of youth believe “they could prevent HIV infection if they bathed after sex.” She referred to Zuma’s claim a few years ago that he could not have obtained HIV after sex with a woman who supposedly was infected, because he took a shower after the sex. Zille refused to back down from charging Zuma with behavior that has poisoned the minds of children and created a sense of sexism. The statistic, noted Zille, “explains why a leader’s personal conduct should be subject to scrutiny if it has public consequences.”

Zille has been sharply criticized for only appointing white males to key government positions in the West Cape where she is premier. She dismissed the charges on grounds selecting the best candidates was the most important criteria. Ms. Zille is not a sexist, but her decision to only appoint white males is not the most strategic for someone who is shouting about sexism in society.

Jacob Zuma Zooming Ahead!

South Africa’s Parliament elected Jacob Zuma as the new president of the nation. Zuma was born in poverty, self educated himself, and slowly but surely became a confident leader who could inspire the people of his land. However, his new position raises issues of concern as well as expectation. He has a reputation of being close to militants on the left side of the political spectrum which is on concern to the business community of South Africa. They are awaiting his appointments to key positions of economic leadership in the government in order to receive evidence those individuals will be able to obtain the support of businessmen. Zuma promised, “I hope to lead the country on a path of friendship, cooperation, harmony, unity and faster change.”

The faster change must include evidence that concerns of poor people are addressed in a society which has a huge economic gap between those on the bottom and those on top. The African National Congress just feel short of two-thirds in Parliament which means it can not push through constitutional change without cooperation from other political parties. Zuma has to improve the lives of poor people without upsetting the lives of the middle and upper classes. Can he pull it off?

Zuma In South Africa May Defy Mugabe

Newly elected president Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not like his detested opponent, Thabo Mbeki who refused to take any action against his old friend, Robert Mugabe, and thus helped create the present chaos in Zimbabwe. Zuma is an activist who regards himself as a leader in Africa and will not allow Mugabe to create conditions which have led to three million Zimbabweans fleeing to South Africa as refugees. Zuma recognizes that his nation played a key role in creating the current power-sharing arrangement in Zimbabwe and unless he supports opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, the ensuing chaos of a Mugabe run country would send even millions more headed toward South Africa.

Thabo Mbeki knew the revolutionary leader Robert Mugabe from the old days of conflict and he could never grasp that allowing Zimbabwe to slip into chaos created turmoil for his own nation as millions crossed the border in search of refuge. Hopefully, Jacob Zuma will work with fellow African leaders to ensure there is stable and honest government in Zimbabwe.