South Africa – the land of apartheid. We who grew up in the 80s and 90s often have that first thought of this country. During that time, apartheid became increasingly controversial, leading to more and more widespread sanctions and divestment abroad. It finally led to its dissolution in 1994 when the first multi-racial elections were held (which the ANC (with Nelson Mandela as a front figure) won by an overwhelming majority). But what happened after that?
Well, the ANC movement has been in power ever since. Despite the end of apartheid, millions of South Africans, mostly black, continue to live in poverty. This may be of course due to the legacy of the apartheid system, but I think we cannot blame that forever and ever. We have to open our eyes and see how the country is being ruled nowadays and DARE to critize black-ruled South Africa, even though it might be hard for people to do so in the beginning.
It is a FACT that the current government has been a total failure when it comes to tackle social issues. They haven’t been able to ensure both redistribution of wealth and economic growth, because of that their focal point has ALWAYS been on the first one and a nation that is only interested in redistributing resources that they already have and are not as interested in gaining new; will ultimately see themselves direct the country over the slope of bankruptcy. In the ten years since the ANC government took power, South Africa’s United Nations Human Development Index has fallen dramatically, while it was steadily rising until the mid-1990s. This is just a fact! But still, the white world do not dare to critize (due to historical reasons). I think that is a shame. Sure thing, apartheid is/was a cruel and anti-human racist system where people are/were oppressed only because of the color of their skin or their cultural heritage. I give you both present and past tense because this system is still in use for instance in Sudan where the Arabs are the so-called “master-race” and the blacks are being looked down on as cockroaches.
Now this guy wants to take over the ANC. Just look at that picture and tell me it is going to be a better development in South Africa the years to come if that guy (Jacob Zuma) is going to govern the country! You’re a liar if you do! =) Just look at the hammer and sickle sign behind him. He is an outspoken fan of Stalin and his favorite revolutionary song is, according to himself, “Me and my machine-gun”! 🙂 Anyone has a recorded version of this song?
It gets even worse. This guy is completely mad. 🙂 He’s been accused of (and sentenced for that) raping a girl plus he has been telling the media that he once had sexual intercourse with a girl who he knew had HIV. He also told them that after he had sex with her, he took a warm shower and scrubbed his body really hard and – swish! the HIV was gone! 🙂
The saddest thing of all is that the women’s union of ANC supports Zuma. That is to me TOTALLY insane and I just fail to understand why!
The whites are now leaving South Africa .. soon, the most developed country in Africa won’t be so developed any more. I just hope they manage to change this development to the better until the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.