You know South Africa’s government is slowly reconciling itself with its tragic past when the formerly oppressed activists who are now elbowing for power start pulling the same kinda crap every other government does. Bribery, nepotism, celebrating their limited horizon in public, you name it, they have it.
ANC’s Jacob Zuma wins the elections… congrats, I suppose.
Cartoon from The Independent
Thabo Mbeki, the former president, chose Zuma – an ethnic Zulu – as deputy president in 1999, partly in recognition of the role he had played in ending violence between ANC members and members of the Inkatha Freedom Party, the main Zulu party in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
In June 2005, Mbeki fired Zuma after his financial adviser was convicted of fraud and bribery in a multi-billion dollar arms deal. However, Zuma remained deputy president of the party under Mbeki.
The charges against Zuma, which alleged he was aware of his adviser’s involvement in a $70,000 bribe to derail an investigations into the arms deal were subsequently dismissed.
In 2006, Zuma faced another set of charges related to the alleged rape of a family friend – something Zuma has always strongly denied. When the court heard the accuser’s testimony the rape charges were dismissed.
Aids activists were, however, furious that Zuma testified during the trial that he had had unprotected sex with the HIV-positive woman and believed taking a shower afterwards would protect him.
At the time he was head of the National Aids Council.
And there’s more of this kinda nonsense…
From Al Jazeera