Friday, April 03, 2009

SOUTH AFRICA AND JACOB ZUMA

Jacob Zuma is expected to become South Africa's president. He is a Zulu and is seen as being a 'leftist'.

In the 'right wing' Mail on Sunday (UK), 31 March, 2009, Peter Hitchens tells us about South Africa and Jacob Zuma.

He has four wives and faced 783 corruption charges: PETER HITCHENS on South Africa's next president

Among the points made:

1. Zuma rallies include a song called Bring Me My Machine Gun.

2. Zuma is alleged to be taking campaign money from Colonel Gaddafi.

3. Zuma has faced 783 counts of fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and corruption which have never come to court.

4. Zuma has been acquitted of rape.

5. South Africa has recent experience of:

'terrifying crime',

'the pestilence of corruption',

'the absurd purchase of needless submarines and aircraft',

AIDS,

'violent xenophobic rage against uncontrolled mass immigration',

'the unstoppable spread of shanty towns',

'electricity blackouts',

'an overstretched water supply',

'a railway system fraying at the edges'.

6. "The new rich and the holidaymakers are apparently oblivious of the filth, hunger, alcoholic stupor, drug-taking and wretchedness which lie just the other side of every hill."

7. Zuma has at least four wives and 18 children.

He joined the Communist Party in 1962.

He was 'a much-feared' intelligence chief in the ANC's 'ruthless' armed wing, Spear of the Nation.

He underwent 'military training' in the old Soviet Union in 1978.

8. A party called the Congress of the People (COPE) has just scored 'surprisingly' well in council by-elections near Springbok.

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South Africa is important.

Journalist John Pilger, in his book 'Freedom Next Time', tells us:

1. South Africa is rich in minerals.

2. Thanks to the World Bank, the average black household income has fallen by 19% since independence.

3. "The unspoken deal was that whites would retain economic control in exchange for black majority rule."

4. "Before 1994, there were secret meetings in Britain between Thabo Mbeki, the white elite and the big global companies with links to South Africa.

5. Mandela said to Pilger:

"We do not want to challenge big business that can take fright and take away their money . . . You can call it Thatcherite but, for this country, privatisation is the fundamental policy."

Pilger writes of Mandela that "as the first liberation president, he ordered a ridiculous and bloody invasion of tiny Lesotho.

"He allowed South African armaments to be sold to Algeria, Colombia and Peru, which have notorious human rights records.

"He invited the Indonesian mass murderer General Suharto to South Africa and gave him the country's highest award . . . He recognised the brutal Burmese junta as a legitimate government."



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2 comments:

Free Thinker said...

Its well known that the Oppenheimer's own South Africa... they swapped overt control for covert control...

nobody said...

Following on from above, is it possible that Zuma belongs to the old school wing of the party that is opposed to the Oppenheimers, bankers, and corporate types holding on to the weath? I'm half inclined to think that if he's taking money from Gaddafi it's because he isn't sucking up to the bankers etc. Otherwise your list of 'recent experiences' could be interpreted as 'that which Zuma is not'. It's possible. My standard rule of thumb is to see how any given leader is treated by the West. If they hate him, it's probably on account of him being the 'wrong sort of fellow' ie. not prepared to sell his soul to the IMF.

You've cottoned on to Pilger's take on Mandela as not the saint we'd all been led to believe. Okay so isn't Zuma the 'un-Mandela'?

Oh wait. I just read your thing again. I'm a bit confused mate. Am I agreeing with you? Or disagreeing? Hard to know. Are you making a point about Zuma, or the portrayal of him in the media?

best regards etc. etc.

PS I've been making a stink about the pedophocracy in the comments over at xymphora.blogspot. I can't quite tell if I'm in amongst disinfo merchants or clueless gits. Anyway HEAVY traffic. Maybe three hundred have hit my site. Interesting.

 
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