Fears outspoken South African youth leader could dent Jacob Zuma’s presidential re-election bid after call for Botswana coup
Julius Malema, arguably the most colourful and divisive figure in South African politics, was charged with bringing the ANC into disrepute after calling for the overthrow of the democratically-elected government of neighbouring Botswana.
… “It’s about December 2012 when the party goes to the next leadership conference and Zuma knows he has to control Malema if he is to comfortably secure himself a second term.”
The DA having “cracked the white ceiling” in recent elections, this apparent threat to the stability of the ANC may deserve on-going scrutiny.
Without Nelson Mandela’s healing hand, racial divisions get uglier
…Zuma, played the race card remorselessly, in a bid to block the slow but steady rise of the Democratic Alliance (DA), led by a white woman, Helen Zille.
As an investigative journalist on the liberal Rand Daily Mail in the 1970s, it was Ms Zille who first exposed the apartheid government for lying about the murder in prison of Steve Biko, a Black Consciousness leader. Rewarded with death threats and obliged to resign her job, she became a leading light in the Black Sash, a white women’s human-rights group. Given a suspended prison sentence for being in a black “group area” without a permit, she let her home be used as a safe house for anti-apartheid campaigners and in the turbulent 1980s was forced into hiding with her two-year-old son.
Yet she is often now vilified by the ANC and its allies as a racist “madam”.…Trevor Manuel, the ANC’s former finance minister, who is coloured (and may soon bid for the IMF’s top job), “racism has infiltrated the highest echelons of government”. And beyond. It is becoming more acceptable for black South Africans to scorn and abuse whites openly as a racial group. >continue<