Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The world watches with concern

You wanted this, you liberal tossers, now enjoy..

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The Gazette (Montreal) - The precipitous fall of South
Africa's President Thabo Mbeki is as discouraging as it was startling to most people around the world. His ousting, and the sudden departure of 11 of his best ministers, appears to leave control of Africa's richest nation in the hands of a gang of amateurs - and not particularly well-meaning amateurs at that.

Mbeki's replacement in the presidential palace is Kgalema Montlanthe. At least he's probably not as bad as the man who will almost certainly succeed him - Jacob Zuma, the smiling and quite probably corrupt conspirator who plotted Mbeki's downfall.

South Africa's high court dismissed corruption charges against Zuma this month, but it did so on strictly procedural grounds, which did nothing to dissipate suspicions about Zuma's character or his dealings.

The allies Zuma has cultivated over the years aren't very reassuring, either. They include the elements most dangerous to South Africa's stability, notably the more radical trade unions and the Communists, who want to end the relatively free-market policies that served the country so well during Mbeki's tenure.

Admittedly, the aloof and calculating Mbeki is no Nelson Mandela. He lacks his saintly predecessor's warmth and charisma, and has some tragically crankish views on AIDS and HIV, and an equally tragic reluctance to admonish his murderous neighbour, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, with the vigour that pariah deserved. At home, Mbeki's government has been largely ineffective in stemming the crime and violence that plague the country's major cities.

But Mbeki had gathered about him an impressive team that economically, at least, had set South Africa on the right course. Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's polices, for example, are credited with creating South Africa's longest period of sustained growth. But now Manuel and 10 other key ministers will follow their leader into political exile, a development that plunged the Johannesburg Stock Exchange into gloom.

Ironically, one of the few Mbeki allies who has decided to stay at her post is the one South Africa could most afford to lose - Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang who bizarrely advocates treating AIDS and HIV infection with herbs and roots.

South Africa is the continent's most important nation. Its success or failure not only matters to its own 49 million people, but will also send a powerful signal to the rest of Africa. It needs and deserves better leadership than this.

2 Opinion(s):

Censorbugbear said...

"Saintly predecessor Mandela".

I have always wanted to be a saint -- so think I am going to start planning an armed resurrection and encouraging followers to blow up people too and plant bombs and necklace people all over the place - will I also be anointed sainthood by the news media?

Anonymous said...

Good point Censor..makes you think how far these liberal idiots are up St Mandela's arse.

I wonder how they would feel if we called one of their terrorists that blew up people and refused to abandon the armed struggle, and sang for whites to be killed, a "saint".

Canada is liberal white guilt central, home of the unfree and the peecee police so it comes as no surprise to hear them speak of Mandela that way.

I wonder if they look south - towards SA where Mandela lives - to see if the sun rises every morning.