Member Rara Avis
Durban, South Africa
This is to answer 2islander2's question to me in my poem "Reconciliation" in Open Poetry 44.
Yann, in South Africa, we are about to have elections around March. The governing party is the ANC. Jacob Zuma is the president of that party. He is the presidential candidate of the ANC. Unlike Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbheki who are both highly educated, he had no formal schooling. He is a rapist and has approximately 747 criminal charges of racketeering, money laundering, corruption and fraud related to the government's multi-billion rand arms deal against him, and has avoided a court case so far. There is a move to have the court case happen – and before the elections, but whether that will happen or not, is not certain. Every ethical South African is hoping that it will.
I don’t vote for the ANC (African National Congress), but like all of South Africa and most of the world, I have infinite love and support for Nelson Mandela. President Mbheki made some mistakes, but nevertheless, I like him and have great respect for him. He was removed from office (and went graciously) by the machinations of Zuma and Zuma-ists. Like all martyrs, it only enhanced Mbheki’s image, and tarnished Zuma’s even more. The whole story of that is very long.
I vote for the DA (Democratic Alliance). If the DA wins, Helen Zilla will be President of South Africa. She is much loved, highly intelligent, highly moral and ethical, wise, makes things happen, has a sense of humour, loves her country and its people and has all of their interests at heart.
If the ANC wins, I would much prefer Phumzile, Mlambo-Ncuka to be the president. She is highly intelligent, well educated, has a sense of humour and appears to be ethical and moral, wise and compassionate.
There is a new party recently formed at the end of last year called COPE. They broke away from the ANC because they felt that that the ANC had lost the moral and ethical qualities that sustained “The Struggle” (against apartheid). They have the moral “support” (and it is not just an anti-majority party thing) of all the other parties. I doubt that they will have a chance of winning the next elections as the party is new.
Here are 2 links about Jacob Zuma’s court case: http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2452234,00.html http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-01-12-judgement-day-for-zuma