Aluta Continua

Aluta Continua

The rule of law does not apply to Jacob Zuma or other apparatchiks against whom solid evidence exists.

South Africa's long walk to freedom might just be beginning, writes former Sunday Times editor Ken Owen

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Submitted by : Pete Swanepoel of MONTCLAIR on 2009-05-12 13:25:26
anthony: I disagree. Zuma's shenanigans pale in comparison to those of almost any Italian or French leader. If guilty of everything he has been accused of, the total monetary sum (yes, I agree the sum is not the point, but it IS indicative of part of the problem) would be miniscule compared to the bribes involved in one little arms deal with the Saudis which Poms and Germans and Yanks routinely undertake.
I curse the day we let the people who won this country's freedom from apartheid remain poor. In power, but poor. A recipe for exploitation - and the international arms dealers did just that.
And I curse the Mbeki paranoia that bred such factionalism and secrecy and silence and led (I believe) to his colleagues, unable to speak to him, having to oust him dramatically.
One can (and we must) move on.
Submitted by : Anthony Krijger of Westville on 2009-05-11 20:42:06
Karen, open your eyes, its not a matter of time before we are a banana republic............we already are! We have had a man dodging justice for 8 desperate years, even flying his legal team to Mauritius to prevent documents being presented to a court. At the same time this man says he is "looking forward" to having his day in court but his lawyers cite the lengthy delays as reason for him not being able to have a fair trial. Then they eventually lay their hands on documents belonging to the prosecution although refuse to say whether they stole them or not, and use these to badger an incompetent prosecuting authority (they have fired the competent ones by now) to withdraw the case. This same man now rules the country and vows to fight corruption! And the man who organised the bribes is let out of prison in a manner totally outside of the law, apparently with a near fatal disease, but my bet is he'll live a long and healthy life.

Please, Karen, this is the Banana of banana republics already!
Submitted by : Karen Campbell of King Williams Town on 2009-05-02 16:54:47
Given the discourse above, and looking at the sordid politicians now running this country, it is simply a matter of time before we join the rest of the 'banana republics' in Africa. It has nothing do with race and everything to do with greed, corruption and incompetence.


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