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Corrupt Terrorist, Rapist SA’s New Prez

From an ecstatic Associated Press:

President Jacob Zuma (L) watches a Zulu singer dances on stage, after being sworn as President of South Africa in Pretoria May 9, 2009.

South Africa Swears in Zuma as New President

May 9, 2009

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Jacob Zuma became president of Africa’s economic powerhouse Saturday, vowing to work to fulfill the dreams of all South Africans after he overcame corruption and sex scandals to reach the nation’s highest office.

Tens of thousands of spectators at Zuma’s inauguration screamed their approval, dignitaries applauded and a Zulu praise singer in traditional animal skins extolled the virtues of Zuma, whose popularity rivals only that of Nelson Mandela.

”The dreams and hopes of all the people of our country must be fulfilled,” Zuma promised. ”There is no place for complacency, no place for cynicism, no place for excuses.”

South Africa’s fourth president since apartheid ended 15 years ago is no stranger to struggle. Zuma, 67, is a former guerrilla fighter and intelligence chief of the African National Congress who has since survived corruption and sex scandals and an internal power struggle within his party.

The ANC handily won last month’s parliamentary elections and Zuma was elected president by parliament on Wednesday.

Many impoverished black South Africans believe Zuma’s personal battles and eventual triumph give him special insight into their own struggles and aspirations

Zuma now leads a country where at least a quarter of the work force is unemployed and 1,000 people die of AIDS every day.

He is promising to speed up delivery of houses, clinics, schools, running water and electricity

A fleet of helicopters suspending South Africa’s red, green and blue flags flew over Saturday’s ceremony. Cannons boomed, a military brass band broke into the anthem ”God Bless Africa.” Zuma took a military salute as fighter jets streaming colored smoke zoomed above.

Tens of thousands had broken into spontaneous song when Zuma arrived, beaming, accompanied by his senior wife, Sizakele Khumalo. Zuma’s unabashed polygamy has raised questions about which of his three current wives may act as first lady

Sydney Mokoena, a 48-year-old Pretoria high school teacher, roused his 10-year-old daughter, Thula, at 4:30 a.m. to get to the lawns early. He said he admired Zuma for the calm he showed during his legal battles over corruption allegations that have now been dropped and a 2006 rape trial that ended with acquittal.

Mokoena also said that while Zuma may not have had much formal education, his leadership of the ANC’s intelligence wing during the anti-apartheid struggle was proof he was smart enough to be president.

Zuma will be ”a dynamic and vibrant president,” Mokoena said. ”That’s what South Africa needs. He’s down to earth and he’ll listen.” …

Silent on Saturday were the critics who fear democratic institutions were compromised by Zuma’s rise to power, most recently when prosecutors withdrew charges that Zuma solicited bribes connected to a multibillion-dollar 1990s weapons deal.

The prosecutors claimed to still have a strong case and said their withdrawal had nothing to do with Zuma’s guilt or innocence, but hinged on political interference and prosecutorial misconduct…

He was appointed deputy president in 1999 by then-President Thabo Mbeki who fired him in 2005, when Zuma was implicated in the corruption trial of a close friend and financial adviser.

Mbeki later lost a bitter power struggle with Zuma for the party leadership and was eventually forced last year to yield the presidency to an interim successor, Kgalema Motlanthe, until this year’s election.

Prosecutors lifted the last obstacle in Zuma’s path last month when they announced that they were dropping corruption charges against him, saying the criminal charges would never be revived.

It this not heartening?

The story of how an uneducated terrorist and Communist has been appointed to power and somehow miraculously overcome corruption and rape charges should serve as an inspiration to us all.

It’s almost as moving as the parable of our own dear leader.

And, with any luck, South Africa – once the show place of Africa – might even have running water and electricity again.

(By the way, Mr. Zuma has actually had up to four wives at one time. )

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Corrupt Terrorist, Rapist SA’s New Prez”

  1. GL0120 says:

    You are so right; this is almost as heartwarming a story as TCO’s.
    There are some major differences though – Zuma is a corrupt terrorist, Obama is corrupt and favors terrorists.
    They’ll probably get together to swap notes on the morons who voted for them and how they plan to screw their countries.
    Obama’s probably planning to go over there and apologize for past misdeeds which of course, were not his fault.

    • Helena says:

      “Obama’s probably planning to go over there and apologize for past misdeeds which of course, were not his fault.”


      Mugabe’s spiritual brother takes over another country that was doing well…. start the countdown to massive international aid pouring in. I give it two years before they’re bankrupt.

  2. proreason says:

    “Zuma now leads a country where at least a quarter of the work force is unemployed and 1,000 people die of AIDS every day. ”

    It’s been so long since the evil’s of the white apartheid government have been overcome, I can’t really remember what it was like in South Africa back in the bad old days.

    Isn’t it funny how progress works.

  3. jrmcdonald says:

    The last guy- the one that didn’t believe thats Aids and HIV were related- was still faulting the white goverment for all problems as late as last year.

  4. VMAN says:

    There were large parts of Africa that were tuned into lush, productive farm land by those evil white Europeans and if whitey hadn’t started mining the rich mineral resources the natives would be using precious stone for spearheads to kill each other. The only resource that the natives ever mined was their own fellow Africans when they sold them into slavery. I’m sure these thugs will turn South Africa into a wasteland in short order.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      I’d say “already have”.

      Although fraught with many unsavory and horrible acts throughout history, I seem to recall that the white man, specifically, the Western Eruopeans and later, the Americans, have been responsible for 99.9999% of all major inventions and world-changing devices.

      I do tip my hat to China, but for now, I’m talking about the development of western civilization. Such things as the sailing vessel, the steam engine, the light bulb, the telephone, farm implements,mass production, the automobile, airplanes, the computer and, thanks to Algore, the internet.

      That’s just a paltry few but major things that built a civilization the likes of which the Earth had never seen. Granted, it brought about the nastiness of pollution, labor problems and child labor. Also new kinds of tariffs, laws and regulation of a new form. But from the good aspects, it would seem that without the technology, humans would be plowing a couple of acres every year to grow what they could eat.

      I’m not going to debate the good or the bad of it as I am obviously a product of that rise in technology. But, while this evil white man was creating and exploring a world, the black man was making Clovis points in Africa. And while I cannot defend the atrocious acts of many a white explorer, I have to ask, if any other race had the capabilities that the Western European man had, would the outcome have been any different? I say no.

      It was the natural course of human nature to explore and to conquer. And, being as the evolution of man is not nearly over, there is much more of the story to be written. But the Western European peoples learned a long time ago that you must protect what you have or it will be taken from you. Plus, you must go out and get because ain’t nobody gonna just bring it to you.

      I submit that white people are wired differently. For good or for bad. I’m not debating that point. I am merely saying that our ideas of democracy and fair competition came out of generations of exploring, surviving and exploiting whatever resource was available. Be it wildlife, land or even other people.

      We have also evolved to realize that enslaving others is wrong but somehow, although we weren’t the first or only race to enslave other peoples, we seem to get our noses rubbed in it regularly. Yet, it was this same Western people who actually, and finally declared slavery wrong. No other group of people has done that. And if you think I’m wrong, check out the far east, or even Haiti for that matter and their little slave trades. And there’s plenty more where that came from.

      Indeed, I do not see, ever, where any nation on the continent of Africa has produced a fair, equal society of any kind. Let alone a stable government. Dictatorships, brutal autocrats, gangsters gone wild….you name it. South Africa had hope. It really is beautiful country. But that’s all gone now.

      The one thing that the white man did too efficiently was to exploit other races. And although down through history, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Czars and the natives of Africa too…and premiers of Russia, the leaders of China, all over the world from year one, slavery has existed….somehow it is all the white man’s fault? I disagree. Yes it was wrong then…it’s wrong now. But let’s just watch what happens when those oppressed people try to govern themselves. Reality TV got nuthin on them.

  5. proreason says:

    Rusty, great post. A couple of add-ons:

    “while I cannot defend the atrocious acts of many a white explorer”

    Virtually all primitive cultures are extremely violent. The mortality rates from war / inter-tribal conflicts are much higher than any formal war throughout history.

    “The one thing that the white man did too efficiently was to exploit other races”

    No more efficiently than any other race on any other contintent. Slavery in the westerm world has traditionally been far less prevalent than in other parts of the world, including in the old South.

    And the US was the only country to ever shed blood to abolish slavery.

    In a sane world, the West and particularly USA would be heralded as most humane people of all time.

    But that doesn’t put a hundred million in Jesse Jackson’s pocket, does it? And it doesn’t get half-African man elected to the presidency, does it?

    The next question, is why does this country and the West wallow in self hatred? Self hatred isn’t a natural part of human nature. We couldn’t have evolved with that in our make-up. And I don’t know the full answer……but I have a hunch that you could find out if you could chat with hard-core Communist theorists from the 1940’s and 50’s.

    • VMAN says:

      Geez PRO and RUSTY I didn’t mean to set you of but I do agree with all you say and more. It really needs to said over and over. Another thing is that of all the slaves brought from Africa 95% went to South America or The islands and of all the people in the south only 3% owned slaves. Another thing that I always say is that with the onset of the industrial revolution slavery would have collapsed under it’s own weight making the Civil War unnecessary.

    • Petronius says:

      “why does this country and the West wallow in self hatred?”

      Great question, Pro. Also a very difficult question. My own theory is that it stems from the unbounded guilt that the white Liberal feels before the downtrodden and oppressed, and especially before the huddled masses of the Third World. For many Liberals their guilt becomes obsessive, and when it does it spills over into a kind of masochism and a generalized hatred of Western Civilization and of his own country and race in particular.

      There is no rational explanation for Liberal guilt. It is an emotion or attitude, but it is there nonetheless. His guilt may have something to do with his belief in equality, a belief that is never justified by conditions in the real world. And the fact that his spending programs and social programs seldom do these people any good he takes as further evidence of malice/greed/racism of white reactionaries, which hardens his attitude of hatred toward his own race.

      The moral disarmament that the Liberal feels before these peoples renders him incapable of defending Western Civilization against encroachments or threats from that quarter, e.g. his refusal to act when faced with mass migrations and colonizations of his own homelands. Similarly, he will readily submit to being humiliated, kicked, and beaten about by some lunatic black racist like Rev. Jeremiah Wright because the Liberal believes that somehow he deserves this treatment.

      You are certainly right about dating this phenomenon to the first half of the 20th century, as this is something new in history. Nobody in the world felt this way in the early 1900s or earlier.

    • proreason says:

      “My own theory is that it stems from the unbounded guilt that the white Liberal feels before the downtrodden and oppressed,”

      I’ve been thinking about the question regularly since the apology tours of a few weeks back.

      As I said, I just don’t think it’s in a human’s nature to be running around apologizing for anything. We just wouldn’t have survived as a species with that kind of a mindset.

      Yet, hundreds of millions of West Europeans and North Americans and Australians are obviously obsessed with guilt.

      Although your reasoning, Petronius certainly sounds good superficially, I just don’t think it is the root cause. The way I see it, except for a very few idealists, liberals are bigger racists, money-grabbers, debauchers and violenc-freaks than anybody who has come before them.

      My conclusion, which I hinted at in my prior post, is that we have been TAUGHT to feel guilty.

      And who might have had the motive to teach our impressionable young people for decades that everything the U.S. and Europe has done is not only wrong, but should be condemned? This in spite of the Renaisssance, the Enlightenment, abolishing slavery, the defeat of the dual tyranies of the 20th Century, and the gigantic benefits brought by the Industrial Revolution followed by a major effort to correct the innocent environmental damage created.

      Well the usual suspects come to mind plus one. The usual suspects are the Communist / Oligarchists (including the ancient aristocracies who have lost all formal power but not their wealth in the last 2 centuries). And the “plus one” comes to mind because, for some mysterious reason, there seems to be no guilt whatsoever when it comes to the Jewish people, who are the single population most deserving of western guilt. The “plus one” is the muslim world.

      Remember, patriots and conservatives are only part-time politicians (Eisenhaur, Reagen, Bush). Libwits are full-time politicians and “change agents” (FDR, JFK, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Pelosi, Obama, et al). That corrupt and pernicious group of indoctrinated and 100% self-serving “radicals” has been plotting and scheming for 70 years to get what they have now achieved in our country, and it all started with the subversive Communists of the 30’s, who now aligned with the Muslims in an Alliance of Evil to complete the destruction of the West.

      Yes sir. We have been taught to hate the country by the greatest haters of all time.

    • Squito says:

      “My conclusion, which I hinted at in my prior post, is that we have been TAUGHT to feel guilty.”

      Very dead on, Pro. Just last year, my school (not sure about other districts, but I’m sure it’ll spread) started a class called “African American Studies” (guess enough people complained about learning about “dead white men”–ha).

      Curious, I glanced through a friend’s text book. 90% of it had to be concerned with slavery, evil white people, civil rights, and how discrimination continues today. (Sharpton got a nice page or two.) No mention of such things as the black slave traders, the Buffalo Soldiers, etc, with only a tiny section on gang violence.


    • proreason says:


      It’s good to know there are independent minds in the younger generation. Plus, seems to me it takes a bit of courage to come on a website like this and make comments with an audience that isn’t an easy sell.

      Keep posting, and keep thinking.

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    “Yes sir. We have been taught to hate the country by the greatest haters of all time.”

    AMEN!!! I couldn’t agree more.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    Hey who’s the bald guy sittin’ next to the new president?

  8. joeblough says:

    (By the way, Mr. Zuma has actually had up to four wives at one time. )

    So on top of everything else he’s a masochist?

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