Oh what a delightful day!
At first I was upset that it was raining- but turns out that in African culture, which I did not know, when it rains and a chief dies, the more it rains the more blessed that chief is! Well the heavens were certainly proud of Madiba! It rained cats and dogs! Umbrellas all around!
Then I was upset because of all the fuss that was made of Obama, this was Madiba's day, not fake Obama and his Drone killing machines day- but as it turns out, even if this was only symbolic, he shook Raúl Castro's hand, something I believe JFK would have liked to do with Fidel so many years ago and reach a negotiated settlement. My what a different world we would live in today!
Then I was upset when the crowd BOOED President Zuma- but afterwards, in reflection, I realised that what they did was right. If for example, since JFK's death, or let's just call it murder plain and simple, Americans had BOOED every President since then, maybe the USA and the world would not be in the mess it is in today. Fraud, corruption and criminality needs to be dealt with as soon as possible and not allowed to run rampant and fester. Because if you don't, then you just might get a 9/11 inside job and a war created in order to corner the heroin market in a country that really has nothing to do with you!
So why did they boo Zuma? Well let me list the ways.
1. He was involved in the Arms Deal Scandal and accepted bribes for military aircraft and submarines that we did not need or want which has basically made European arms dealers rich, stolen South African tax payers money and deprived the South African public of funds that could have been better spent elsewhere. 70 billion, I believe, the last time somebody counted, excluding interest.
2. He "raped "a woman who was HIV positive, could have been for real or a set up, but when the Judge asked him if he had used protection i.e a condom, when Zuma himself had prior knowledge of the HIV status of this women, he said "No, but I took a shower afterwards." Latest count we have 6 million HIV infected people in this country.
3, He wasted tax payers money on his compound in Nkandla, while people around him live in shacks, for which he is under investigation.
4. Under his watch miners who were striking at Marikana were shot dead by the police, a horrific reminder of Sharpville and one of the reasons the ANC went from peaceful protest in line with Ghandi against Apartheid to violent action, and this resulted in Madiba going to jail for 27 years. Oh how the wheel turns!
5. Our soldiers were killed in CAR this year, and as we found out, they were there for the sole purpose of protecting mining investments in which Zuma's family holds a stake.
6. He signed the E Toll system into law in Gauteng which has made every South African furious. With a fuel levy that reaps in over 40 billion a year and could pay for freeways from here to kingdom come, we are now subjected to Toll roads where the profits do not get ploughed back into the country for our benefit but go to fill the coffers of private companies. Sorry , but corporate fascism is NOT our cup of tea!
Oh and Bush was Booed, Madiba was furious with the invasion of Iraq, God alone knows what he would have had to say about Libya if he knew! The Palestinian Authority, Madmoud Abbas sat in equal status to the Americans, and apparently Bibi and his bomb could not afford the plane ticket to attend! Madiba was a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause. Robert Mugabe sat behind the British delegation and we all giggled about that.
So in true African style and totally chaotic, with dear Tutu finally calling for order (he steals the show every time!) and wanting to hear a pin drop, at THE END of this fiasco/total success, ( he does have such wonderfully timing doesn't he?) I think much was achieved and all in all it was a wonderful day and I think Madiba would have been proud !
One last thing, the planes have yet to fly overhead, he is STILL COMMANDER IN CHIEF! Until they do, his job is not done. Tata... what are you waiting for?
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