Monday, May 18, 2009

Feinstein Concerned About South African Democracy Under Zuma




Cartoon: Zapiro
Andre Feinstein's book "After The Party" as the heat seeking missile on the arms deal



Feinstein Concerned About South African Democracy Under Zuma

Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein, author of the book "After The Party" who resigned in protest against the suppression of a proper investigation into the arms deal under the Mbeki administration, shares his concern about the Zuma administration with Bloomberg.

I was lucky to be at the Book Fair in Cape Town in 2008 where he spoke openly about the inner workings of the ANC and the "good" people but also the "thugs" inside the organisation.

The thugs are still there, enough to make you weary. They will not take "no" for an answer and democracy is only a concept for the winner.

After all, the ANC won the recent elections with a convincing 65%, so what is the problem?

Mix thuggery with the populist activism of the biggest trade Union's (Cosatu) and the backwardness of the Communist party (SACP) and you have an interesting mix forming the present government which certainly would raise an eyebrow in the Western world.

I could make some sense of the Mbeki administration only from the point of view of African nationalism (HIV, Zim, etc). Let's see if we can understand the language of mr Zuma c.s.

I agree totally with Feinstein that morality is missing in South Africa. (By the way, this is not a pure South African -, but a world wide problem). He noted that the majority of the South African voters knew that Zuma is basically corrupt, but nevertheless, they voted for him.

South African voters should demand more and expect better.

And as far as democracy as a living concept is concerned: the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Until such time, they must have the benefit of the doubt. But boy, am I worried....

Download the Bloomberg interview here.




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