Black People : Jacob Zuma/South Africa

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    Zuma Rising
    Can South Africa survive Jacob Zuma?

    By: Charlayne Hunter-Gault | Posted: May 7, 2009 at 6:43 AM

    On Saturday, South Africa will roll out its red carpet and put on the dog, as only it can. If the past is anything to go by, there will be plenty of pageantry and poetry and a few staid speeches as big planes fly in salute over the old Union Buildings in Pretoria. It will be an occasion for South African women to don their finest—some in traditional African attire, others in stunning styles from francophone Africa, Paris and Brazil.

    On this day, Jacob Zuma will reach the crowning moment of a career that has all the elements of a political thriller: the poor, self-educated country boy drawn to the struggle for liberation rather than to a classroom, whose efforts to overturn the white minority (apartheid) state landed him in Robben Island prison with Nelson Mandela for 10 of Mandela’s 27 years there. He emerged as one of the “warrior elite” and got kudos for his demonstrated capacity to ease tensions and promote peace when his home province turned into a (white) state-sponsored boiling pot in the run-up to the first all-race elections in 1994.

    A few of those assembled on this auspicious day will no doubt continue to refer to the clouds over Zuma, not the ones the planes are flying through, but the clouds of corruption which Zuma insists have now disappeared from over his head.

    Zuma will take office against the backdrop of his legal problems and the perception that South Africa is going the way of far too may African countries that buried the promise of their independence in coffins of corruption. Critics and a robust opposition are determined to hold the president to account.

    Still, the president-elect has promised to move farther, faster to eliminate the government’s ongoing shame: the millions who still live in poverty and hopelessness. Zuma has pledged to treat AIDS as a reality that needs urgent attention. He has promised to deal with an education system that has, so far, mostly deferred the promise of the “born-free generation.” Zuma has also pledged a corruption-free government that will resolve many of the most urgent problems by assigning tasks to people who know what they are doing and not by rewarding close cronies who don’t. In short, it’s on him to give the lie to the critics—especially the media with whom he likes to spar. A recent editorial in the Sunday Times observed: “He will assume the mantle of Nelson Mandela with suspicion stacked against him and the perception widely held that he can be bought. Critics and avowed foes will be watching for the first sign of moral turpitude.”

    For now, the benefit of the doubt and the doubt stand side by side, buttressed by victory in an election that went off mostly without a hitch, especially compared to the bloody recent examples of Kenya and Zimbabwe.

    The South African-based NGO Gender Links reports that 55 percent of voters were women; 30 percent of the 23 million voters were casting their ballots for the first time. And for me, there was a déjà-vu quality to that day. However abundant the doubt and cynicism, the turnout was the highest since 1994, with more than 70 percent of registered voters casting ballots in the fourth democratic election.

    The born-frees—the young people who have come of age since the end of apartheid—registered in record numbers, many of them sounding like their peers in America—proud of the pioneers who fought for their freedom but who are being educated for a new world that will require a different kind of battle. This new challenge in South Africa is over how to provide them with jobs for which their desegregated schools are now preparing them.

    I talked with young voters who told me “the past is the past,” and while they revere Mandela and the victorious struggle he and his “pioneers,” waged, their lives are changed by that history in such a way that they are now looking for different ways to realize the promise of democracy. Some of them voted for COPE—the main opposition party to the ruling ANC—because, they say, it’s promised change.

    At the same time, another first-time voter told me that he was voting for the ANC because he wouldn’t be attending the formerly predominantly white University of the Witswatersrand had it not been for the ANC. It is now predominantly black and headed for the first time by a black man.

    Moreover, the first-time voter said his parents and a lot of the parents of his friends needed the ANC to win in order to hold onto their jobs with or through the organization. One said when he graduates soon, with a degree in political science, he plans to work for the ANC. For whatever reason, young people turned out, in good humor, and helped choose a new president.

    So now it is on to Inauguration Day, and for all its challenges, a hopeful new season in South Africa’s young democratic history.

    Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a Johannesburg-based journalist and author of New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance.
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa!




    Great article blossom, really good and I hope it finds its way into our soon to be Destee.comNews. Thanks for the update...Zuma rising!

     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,



    ... President Zuma has dropped the ball by not sharing the wealth with black South Africans, and is paying the price:




    World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.

    In contrast to the wild applause given to Obama, South African President Jacob Zuma was booed. Many South Africans are unhappy with Zuma because of state corruption scandals, though his ruling African National Congress, once led by Mandela, remains the front-runner ahead of elections next year.

    http://news.yahoo.com/world-leaders-south-africans-honor-mandela-101109230.html


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    Jospeh Zuma, polygamist with 3 wives caught "cheating" with another woman in 1990, a year after his election to president, who had an outside child by him. As far as I know, he has no "Swiss bank accounts" so not sure of what "not sharing the wealth with his people" means.

    Nelson Mandela:

    1990, released from prison after 27 years.
    1991, sang the "Kill the Whites", the 'unofficial' black South African national anthem:




    The next year, 1992, he graciously accepted the Nobel Peace Prize from whites.

    Nelson Mandela: Man of peace and justice, nobody's fool, and Master chess player in service to his people. :news:
     
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    No doubt, Madiba was shrewd as Mr. Obama indicated in his speech, with him it was :chess: and not checkers.

    Zuma wasted millions of dollars, and recent reports reveal folk are angry with his failure to restore the landscape, bridges, etc...; not to mention being booed at the memorial ...



    South Africa's Jacob Zuma spent $28 million of public money to make his house cooler


    Zuma says it was all in the name of security, even the two AstroTurf soccer fields.

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    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — To most South Africans, it is an unimaginable expense: $28 million in upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s rural homestead, with taxpayers footing the bill.

    Zuma, 70, a polygamist with four current wives and at least 20 children, has official residences in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, in addition to his Nkandla homestead.

    “The government has even tried to justify the expenditure for vague security reasons, hiding behind provisions in the National Key Points Act,” Zille said in a statement, referring to apartheid-era secrecy legislation.

    South Africa remains one of the world’s most unequal countries, with millions living in poverty and post-apartheid frustrations regularly boiling over into violent protests. Critics of the ruling African National Congress, or ANC, say the party and its newly wealthy leaders have lost touch with ordinary South Africans.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/...zuma-corruption-28-million-public-money-house
     
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    I have no problem with the article. But saying he "refuses to share the wealth" with his countrymen implies that he's some kind of "strong man" hoarding the wealth of the country in Swiss bank accounts. The "corruption" mentioned in the article is not a South African/Zuma phenomenon. It happens as much in the U.S. where "millions living in poverty and frustrations regularly boiling over into violent protests" occurs as well as in Europe.
     
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    Regardless of how its parsed, it boils down to wasteful, self-serving taxpayer spending, over, improving conditions for his people.
     
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    And it happens to black and poor people here, as well. So no need to talk about the dirt in Zuma's house when our own house is as filthy.
     
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    We are here because of a misunderstanding you had with my statement, and I've explained how Zuma didn't share acquired wealth with black South Africans.



     
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