[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Barnes: 'Zuma a big step to the right'
hola at absamail.co.za
Thu Dec 27 15:49:03 GMT 2007
The transgressions of Zuma which Barnes refers to needs some explanation.
There are two distinct aspects to this- the rape and the Shaikh connection
(a convicted fraudster!).
1. The Rape Issue
>From what I recall, Jacob Zuma was charged for the alleged rape of a woman;
on that charge, he was acquitted.
However, there has been a major media (and religious) hype about the
complainant being HIV/AIDS infected and the parodies about the shower after
(i) Was Zuma told beforehand by the complainant that she was infected?
(ii) At no time during the trial was evidence of the complainant's status
submitted or examined, except her own claim.
So, how does anyone judge Zuma for having slept, knowingly, with an infected
female without proof thereof?
2. Fraud Charges
For almost 7 years, the National Prosecuting Agency (Scorpions) is
formulating charges against Zuma. To date, he has not been judged and found
to be corrupt.
In terms of due jurisprudence (from a layman's point), I cannot reconcile a
judgement whereby a judge finds an accused that stands before him (Shaikh),
guilty together with a third party (Zuma) who is not on trial before him.
Bear in mind also that Shaikh's case is on appeal.
Finally, I was a business partner with Zuma's late wife Kate in a travel
agency. Before the charges that were brought against Shaikh and Zuma, I was
questioned by the Scorpions at their head offices.
I was asked who financed the travel agency. I was told that Zuma was being
investigated on orders from the top. On disclosing that it was businessman
Vivian Reddy, they were surprised. They then virtually inveigled me into
incriminating Zuma with Shaikh- I told them that I knew nothing untowards.
However, as a member of the Gauteng Gambling Board during the casino
licensing process, I was approached by an applicant and offered a
substantial amount of money to support their bid. I was told that Mrs Mbeki
(Zanele) was a fronted-partner in the bid.
When I asked them to investigate this, they turned a deaf ear.
Now, having been there, I am fully entitled to wonder if this whole strategy
of denigrating and harassing Zuma at every twist and turn... is not a
well-planned conspiracy, going back years?
Whether he goes left or right; are the critics are right?
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From: "Patrick Bond" <pbond at mail.ngo.za>
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Subject: [DEBATE] : (Fwd) Barnes: 'Zuma a big step to the right'
> (I thought the Zuma-Clinton comparison is better than Bush. But Terri's
> right on target with good 'ol boy critique.)
> Terri Barnes
> Associate professor of history at UWC
> Just a ?good ol? boy? from Nkandla
> In December 2000, I stayed up every night watching CNN as the challenges
> to George Bush?s election never quite achieved tidal-wave proportions.
> They ebbed away when Al Gore finally quit. In South Africa people shook
> their heads: ?Do the Americans understand what they have done??
> Now the shoe is on the other foot. In December 2007, people around the
> world are asking the same thing about South Africans. How on Earth has the
> ANC elected Jacob Zuma its president?
> Zuma is not a blathering idiot like Dubya, but there are many similarities
> between them. Americans elected Bush in a reaction to the (weak) social
> democracy of Bill Clinton and in revulsion against his liberal personal
> habits. Bush?s election represented a clear turn to the right, and Bush
> himself was only a talking head for the forces to which he was indebted
> and dedicated: the silent American machine of big business, the old boys?
> club and old money.
> Bush, however, appealed to ?the average American? because he was, in
> American slang, a ?good ol? boy?. That?s a phrase from American South and
> it means he is one of us. He?s a white guy who knows that the victory of
> the North in the Civil War was a travesty, and he values the same things
> we do: Mom, pecan pie and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
> The fact that George Bush comes from old, old money and is as firm an
> establishment figure as they come didn?t bother his support base. Who
> cares about all that? He?s someone to whom we can relate!
> As Bush did with Clinton, Zuma has benefited from a popular personal
> revulsion with Mbeki: his distance, his imperiousness, his sterility.
> Zuma, on the other hand, incessantly displays manly traits: possession of
> women, possession of children, that belly and the deep lovely singing
> voice raised in constant defence of the local version of the NRA. He?s a
> man?s man! And he has drawn the wool over people?s eyes with the same kind
> of evasive, fake folksiness that Bush deployed with such success in
> Zuma isn?t even a populist. He?s a good ol? boy from Nkandla who will be
> the front man for a set of business interests from which the public will
> avert its eyes. People starved for respect and friends won?t want to know,
> and the media are too inept to notice. The old white-tradition media will
> go on narrowly about Zuma?s lack of education and his rape and corruption
> problems. What they seemingly will never understand is that a large
> percentage of the population ? the very same percentage that they trampled
> on happily and refused to educate during apartheid; what a coincidence ?
> doesn?t care about any of that. Do they care about Winnie?s
> transgressions? Zuma?s alleged transgressions? No. Not a damn. Who cares
> about all that ? they are people to whom we can relate. And they seem
> actually to like us (unlike the white establishment, which generally still
> dips itself in disinfectant after every encounter).
> The defining characteristic of American life is total amnesia. It?s a
> nation (with exceptions, to be sure) of people who live in the present
> maxing out their credit cards. The movie where Drew Barrymore loses her
> memory every night and wakes up every morning to Adam Sandler?s cue cards
> reminding her who she is: a potent symbol of modern American life.
> Under the impact of an unrelenting dose of 13 years of genuine and wannabe
> American TV blasting into every South African home that has achieved
> electricity, one sees the blank fog of amnesia rolling thickly over the
> Mzansi brain as well. Is there any other way to explain how the national
> media can call Zuma a left candidate when one of his happiest
> Johnny-come-latelys was the Grand Poobah of the local version of The
> Apprentice a few years back? Money, money, money, money? Money!
> The Bush-Zuma comparison is made complete by Gore and Mbeki ? two highly
> intelligent, bloodless, stiff men. The camera is not their friend. We can
> thank our lucky stars that the Mbeki camp didn?t roll out a long,
> passionate smooch for the president with Mrs Mbeki on national TV as a way
> of trying to prove his latent sexiness, the way the Democrats tried and
> failed with Al and Tipper. Wouldn?t that have been something.
> To conclude: Jacob Zuma is a big step to the right for South Africa. His
> allies in Cosatu and the SACP have by definition also taken a big step to
> the right. Zuma and his camp: that is what the real right in South Africa
> looks like. To non-aligned people hoping to now get themselves and their
> children out of the sand, out of the mud, out of the rain, out of the
> public hospital queues, out of the sewage ? don?t hold your breath. To the
> Yengenis and Agliottis of South Africa, on the other hand: roll right up
> to the trough in your 4?4s.
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