'Cannibal' dictator Obiang woos SA

2011-10-23 17:00

Johannesburg - As part of his worldwide charm ­offensive, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo came to visit President Jacob Zuma last week, bringing with him a handful of sweeteners courtesy of his country’s oil wealth.

Seen as a dictator by human rights groups and accused of being a cannibal, Obiang came with a clutch of ministers on Zuma’s invitation and promised many opportunities for South Africans to make money in Equatorial Guinea.

"Nations that share the same leanings must get together and grow closer,” he told journalists at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

"There is no presence of South Africa in our development process. South African business can benefit from the big resources at our disposal,” Obiang said, dangling a carrot.

“[They can] get access to our immense resources that are there for all to partake of,” he said.

Equatorial Guinea’s economy depends almost entirely on oil, which generates revenue of over $4bn (R32bn) and makes the per capita annual income of the country $37 900 (R307 000) – the same as Belgium.

But this money does not trickle down to ordinary people.


According to Human Rights Watch, one in three people die before reaching 40, while on a 2006 list by Forbes, Obiang is listed as the world’s eighth richest leader, with a fortune estimated at $600m (R4.7bn).

Obiang has shared his wealth with his playboy son Teodorin, who is tipped as his father’s successor.

Despite his $5 000 (R41 000) ­monthly salary as agriculture minister, ­Teodorin has spent millions on flashy cars, big mansions and entertaining his friends all over the world.

He was said to be dating the rapper Eve, but she dumped him, according to US gossip sites, after she heard rumours about his father’s alleged cannibalism.

Obiang senior’s political opponent, Severo Moto, insisted in an interview with a Spanish radio station in March 2004 that the president was a cannibal who "eats his political rivals".

"He has just devoured a police ­commissioner. I say devoured because this commissioner was buried without the testicles and the brain," Moto said. "Obiang wants me to go back to Guinea ... [so he can] eat my testicles." 

Obiang hasn’t denied the allegations.

In an attempt to make himself more palatable to the rest of the world, he wanted Unesco to administer a prize for research in life sciences in his name.

He was willing to fork out $3m (R24m) for this, but Unesco has declined.

But Zuma is not too fussed, saying Unesco’s decision shows "bias".

"[The rejection of the prize] shows how biased the world can be; one would’ve thought this would be embraced. It shows how prejudiced the world can be.”

  • Lionel - 2011-10-23 11:04

    Why does Zuma have an affinity for dictators?

      jeffery.stokes - 2011-10-23 17:50

      same the reason the US does. they always have the best resources, be it oil, human capital, etc.

      Gibbaan - 2011-10-23 18:25

      I hope Zuma arranges an outing with him & Malema.You know,somewhere secluded.

      Yar - 2011-10-23 18:47

      Because he can't tell the difference between good and evil.

      Dirk - 2011-10-23 19:31

      The general populace, simply does not realize the extent of evil in the world, Africa in particular.

      Dirk - 2011-10-23 20:16

      The father and son, bought a house in Cape Town for R25 mil a few yrs ago.Also a good friend of Mbeki, so there might develop a conflict of interest here. Petro SA also involved. He is so corrupt that the revenue for the oil pumped in that country, is paid for directly into his personal US bank account.

      Warren - 2011-10-23 20:34

      Maybe he shmaaks Teodoro Obiang's daughter???

      Gary - 2011-10-24 08:28

      He does not have any particular affinity for dictators. He merely has an affinity for anyone who has access to piles of cash and who is not adverse to greasing a few palms!

  • chris.khanye - 2011-10-23 13:32

    Oil, dictator, rats, sewer and demise - does it sound familiar? Can't wait for Africa Spring!

  • Mark - 2011-10-23 17:42

    We should exterminate people like Obiang, not fete them from our Parliament steps!

  • an0nthinker - 2011-10-23 17:49

    What is happening to our beautiful country when our government who once represented the oppressed starts supporting dictators and oppressors of the worst kind. I can't help bit think had the ANC been in charge during WW2, it would have supported Hitler!

      jeffery.stokes - 2011-10-23 18:20

      Standard Oil who later became exxon, chevron and BP supplied the fuel for the Luftwaffe. IBM supplied computers. american companies.

  • Bertha - 2011-10-23 17:59

    Is there anybody this Goverment wont get into bed with

      Peter - 2011-10-23 18:11

      Yes, democrats!

  • Jaap - 2011-10-23 18:02

    Why is it not strange that Zuma is warming up to such a dictator, who deserves the same faith as Gadifi and the ones before him

      Jerhone - 2011-10-23 19:56

      it is not strange because one day the ANC will also be pleading for their lives (like Gadaffi)when the poor and hungry rise up and storm the bastile

  • Hermann - 2011-10-23 18:52

    All countries come cheaply when oil is in the price and dictators come out tops. Like the USA we are no exception.

  • Levett - 2011-10-23 18:54

    This is so funny. Foreign politicians now bring sweets for the ANC as if they poor children from Africa

      Douglas - 2011-10-23 19:37

      "Sweeteners" as in gifts. Get it now?

      Levett - 2011-10-23 19:44

      Gifts as in Sweeteners?

  • Heinrich - 2011-10-23 19:49

    "Nations that share the same leanings must get together and grow closer,” We are not a nation yet, thanks to the ANC. They definitely share the same leanings as you. Go back to your hole and take the pathetic ANC with you.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-23 20:12

    Zoomer- He might look like your brother ,he might act like your brother,he might do business like your brother , but beware , he is not your brother.Why do you attract all the unsavoury muck to do business with? YOU JUST TELL HIM THAT SWEETNERS WILL NOT WORK FOR THE PRESIDENT OF AN OUTSTANDING HONEST COUNTRY LIKE OURS. HONEST STARTS WITH A H

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