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Zuma And Human Rights

The emergence of Nelson Mandela to power in South Africa enabled people in that country to point with pride to a man who embodied every concept associated with human rights. In 1993, Mandela pledged “human rights will be the light that guides our foreign affairs.” Jacob Zuma has not been prominent in any aspect of human rights and strongly opposed granting a visa to the Dalai Lama because of fear it would damage his nation’s ability to secure Chinese investment. Perhaps, the strongest failure on the part of South African governments in recent years has been their continued support for Robert Mugabe’s dictatorial rule in Zimbabwe which has ruined that nation’s economy as well as driven millions to flee. At several points, Zuma did criticize Mugabe, but in the end gave him support.

There is also fear within South Africa if Zuma will use power to oppress those in opposition to the African National Congress. If Zuma goes down that road it will inevitably lead to a white flight along with money and business investments. Hopefully, he does not follow the lead of his friend in Zimbabwe who allow hatred and power to over-ride his need to respect human rights.

McZuma And McMandela Lampooned In South Africa

Although the African National Congress machine led by Jacob Zuma is headed for a victory in the upcoming elections, the people of South Africa are still able to laugh at the antics of its leaders including the beloved Nelson Mandela whose acceptance of the corrupt officials of his party are an insult to every thing he fought to achieve. A new play, “MacBeki: A Farce To Be Reckoned With” lampoons everyone with equal fervor. The Mandela character in the play is a remote Shakespeare quoting intellectual more concerned with power than with confronting the issues of his nation. Zuma, who three years ago was on trial for rape of an HIV positive woman, has his stage persona respond when asked: “Did you protect your penetrative member? Your machine gun?” with the comment: “I have no need of a plastic bag. After the act, I took a shower.”

Cartoonists like Jonathan Shapiro and young comedians are making fun of just about every aspect of the current corrupt political scene. Unfortunately, as the nation laughs, the incompetent and corrupt political leaders gain control of the government. Nelson Mandela was trotted out to give an endorsement to Zuma, the man who doesn’t believe in medicine or condoms to protect against HIV infections.

Cry the beloved country of South Africa. OK, if you can’t cry, at least laugh!

Is Jacob Zuma Corrupt?

Jacob Zuma who undoubtedly will be elected president of South Africa in the coming weeks is suing London’s Guardian newspaper for writing defamatory articles about him and he is throwing in a law suit against Jonathan Shapiro whose cartoon depicted Zuma raping Lady Justice. Zuma says he never raped Lady Justice which is most probably accurate since Lady Justice is a metaphor which can not be raped since the person doesn’t exist. The Guardian published an article which described Zuma’s leadership style as “morally contaminated.” The South African leader is particularly upset about an article which ran under the headline: “Get used to a corrupt and chaotic South Africa. But don’t write it off.”

His lawyers insist Mr. Shapiro suggested Zuma “is a rapist.” Of course, Mr. Zuma made several remarks at his trial about using women and showed disrespect for females. Zuma will win, but will South Africa win is the only question that is of importance.

Should West Aid A Mugabe Led Zimbabwe?

Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress (ANC) which is the leading political party of South Africa, denounced western nations for refusing to provide aid to the government of Zimbabwe. Zuma argued that President Robert Mugabe is the head of the government and has the support of many people in the nation. “This is very unfair to the Zimbabwean people. Because here is Mugabe, he is a factor. He is there. He heads a party that has been in government for over 20 years.” But, the facts he presented are exactly the problem. The Mugabe government has ruined the nation by allowing its cronies and henchmen to rob people of their property and become wealthy. It was Mugabe who drove three million from the country, it is Mugabe who created a nation with an 80% unemployment and it is Mugabe who created an inflation rate that is the highest in the world. What exactly does Zuma believe such an incompetent government can do to make the nation become prosperous again?

Part of the problem is that former President Mbeki of South Africa had the power to force Mugabe to abide by the Zimbabwean Constitution, but he did nothing because Robert was his old friend. South Africa has to share responsibility for what has transpired in Zimbabwe because it refused to support the people of that nation. Western donors are correct to hold back on giving aid until it can be proven the aid will go to the people of Zimbabwe, not to the crowd around President Robert Mugabe.

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.

South Africa Divided At A Moment Unity Needed

South Africa has made tremendous strides over the past two decades in confronting its ethnic and racal divisions, but recent events surrounding the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki raise new questions concerning the nation’s future. The resignation of Mbeki undoubtedly spared the nation a divisive and bitter conflict over the presidency, but it also revealed a deep seated rift between Zulu and Xhosa leaders. Nelson Mandela is a Xhosa Chief as it Mbeki, but Jacob Zuma, his rival for power, represents Zulu interests. Zuma has been known to promise his supporters that if elected, he will “cleanse the ANC(African National Congress) of Xhosas.” Mbeki is gone in a cloud of confusion as to whether or not he ever played a role in trying to bring down Zuma by instituting charges of corruption against his foe.

South Africa is usually described as a nation that still has deep seated conflicts between the white economic rulers of the country and its black majority. However, the Zuma-Mbeki reveals the existence of an equally divisive ethnic rivalry among black leaders. Will the end result be emergence of a new Xhosa-white coalition to confront Zulu leaders? The last thing South Africa needs is for the Xhosa-Zulu rivalry to lead to a black-white conflict.

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.

South African Leader Jacob Zuma Headed For Trial

Jacob Zuma, leader of the African National Congress(ANC), and the individual expected to be elected to the presidency of South Africa, was dealt a serious judicial blow when the nation’s Constitutional Court in a ten to one vote ruled legal documents obtained in police raids. The court also in a unanimous ruling, sad the National Prosecuting Attorney(NPA) could seek access to documents which relate to charges of corruption and fraud held in other locations of the world. The documents which were found are central to the success of any criminal prosecution which might be brought against the ANC leader. The court responded to claims by ANC officials they were biased and merely attempting to carryout a political vendetta against Zuma: “The cases have been considered and decided in the normal way, in accordance with the dictates of our oath of office and in terms of the Constitution and the law, without any fear or prejudice.”

There are reports of a possible way to resolve the issues raised by the case by some form of amnesty for Zuma. The case is critical to the meaning of democracy in South Africa. Jacob Zuma is a prominent leader of the ANC and his charismatic approach to politics has earned him widespread adulation among millions, but the essence of a democracy is the rule of law, not the rule of popularity. Jacob Zuma could become a national hero if he would accept the court’s verdict and withdraw from his candidacy for president.

South Africa Prepares For Change

The African National Congress which dominates pollitics in South Africa gave Jacob Zuma their full support in his bid for the presidency. The Congress, which regards Zuma as its leader, made clear there would not be any effort to get rid of President Mibeki before he complestes his term as president of the nation. Zuma is due to appear in court on August 14 to respond to charges brought by the Mbeki government of racketeering, money laundeering and corruption. The two men, who once were friends, have now become bitter enemies.

The business world of South Africa is concerned about the election of Zuma who is regarded as much more radical than Mbeki. Zuma has formed close aliances with labor unions and the communist party so his election might well trigger off a fiscal crisis unless step are taken to reassure the business community.

Zuma and Mbeki have clashed over ways to confront issues such as high unemployment, health care, education and the problem of Zimbabwe. Mbeki is a close friend of Robert Mugabe and his refusal to take action after Mugabe’s blatant attempt to intimidate opponents and manipulate votes has caused Zuma to pledge, if elected, he will take a more forceful policy towards Mugabe.