Letter: Zimbabweans are not freeloaders

Zimbabweans don’t want to be here. South Africans don’t get that. We have voted and voted against the ruling party (and Mugabe) and each time we had the opportunity to be rid of those murderers guess who came to their rescue? Mbeki, ANC, Zuma, SADC.

While I am not wholesale blaming SA for Zim’s problems the country is complicit in keeping us in the shackles of the ANC’s “liberation friends”.
We are treated like cow dung here and live transitory lives where we cannot establish any meaningful sense of a long term view which makes being in SA the very last option.

I, myself, am a Zimbabwean… been here since 2004 working my black bottom off as a software engineer contributing to the tax that pays 11 million South African free loaders monthly in grants… or free cash.

This idea that Zimbabweans are freeloaders is perpetuated by those who wish for xenophobia to reign. The bulk of Zimbabweans are here are the very same ones you see in restaurants working double shifts and making South Africa look good to tourists with their friendly, easy-going, nature. The jobs they “steal” are there for the taking but South africans don’t want them because they are beneath them. This is not fiction.

Right now, looking at how much I pay in taxes and doing a quick calculation, I am looking after at least 15 South African grant recipients each month…. but if I want a house,

a). I can’t get an RDP house,
b). if i qualify for a bond I must pay 50% upfront… what’s 50% of R1.5million again?
c). if I buy a car… for which I must pay a hefty deposit I must get comprehensive cover for it for which… while a South African may pay R400/month… I invariably get to pay R1000-R2000!
d). Because I don’t have an ID I pay more, and in full for getting my kids educated.
e). I pay for all my medical care… nothing’s free.

I’m not unique in the above… most of us foreigners live this life. SA is a hostile, violent, place that, had we a choice, we’d only read about back home… but here we are.

If white South Africans accuse us of being parasites, I totally understand; you probably think since the local blacks are bunch of lazy entitled whiners the rest of us are the same. If you are black, you are grossly misguided and need to travel to at least 2 SADC countries to see how your black brothers’ work ethic lends them well towards being constructive members of society.

—James Watadza

Zuma blames his government’s problems on apartheid

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday heavily criticised opposition MPs, accusing them of being unpatriotic and of being in a state of denial over the amount of damage apartheid had done to South Africa.

Replying to the debate on his budget vote on Wednesday, Mr Zuma retreated into blaming apartheid for the crises in education and at Eskom, and chastised MPs for talking down the country at a time when it was “doing well”.

He said many opposition MPs had finally learnt how to pronounce Nkandla and now could talk about little else.

During the debate, opposition MPs took issue with Mr Zuma’s contention that the country was on an upward path.

“Some of the honourable members on the opposition benches need to accept the fact that reversing the legacy of apartheid will take decades. The damage was extensive. The structure of the apartheid economy will also take longer to transform. We will continue to work steadily towards this goal, so that we build an inclusive economy that will create jobs and help us build a better life for our people.”

Mr Zuma also criticised Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, albeit without naming him, saying that he had nothing to offer but the refrain — uttered earlier this year — that he was a broken president presiding over a broken country. He also turned to the matter of the recent behaviour of MPs which has seen presidential question time disrupted, MPs being dragged from the house for poor decorum, and filibustering.

“I will be failing in my duty if I do not comment on how our democratic Parliament is conducting its business during this term. As elected leaders of our people in Parliament, we have a joint responsibility to build our country. The conduct of some (members) raises doubt about their commitment to the work of Parliament.” He had hoped matters of decorum would be taken seriously so South Africans were not disappointed.

Zuma took issue with DA MP Michael Cardo, who accused him of conducting an imperial presidency and of shoring up his position with dubious appointments to high office.

“Honourable Cardo, I would caution against problematising all professionals who are appointed to senior positions. Your stereotyping of all appointees as being cronies and pliable is unfortunate and uncalled for.”

Most of the senior appointments in state and public institutions, he said, were doing a hard and thankless task in which they were attacked every day for doing their jobs. “We should be cautious about stereotyping and stigmatisation of black professionals, as it works against the nonracial society we are working so hard to build.”

‘Black car’ blamed for Zuma accident

A black car suspected to have caused the crash in which President Jacob Zuma’s children were injured on Friday morning was allegedly driven away after the accident.

A relative of Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, the mother of Zuma’s two injured young daughters, said the children were still at a hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Ntuli-Zuma’s son, from a previous relationship, was also believed to be injured and in hospital. They were getting better and were eating and talking.

“The children said a black car appeared out of nowhere and bumped their vehicle, leading to the crash. They said the other car did not stop,” said the relative.

However, police spokesman Thulani Zwane said police could not confirm or deny the allegation that the second car failed to stop.

“We are not going to discuss the details, except to say police are investigating. We confirm a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened for investigation. No arrests have yet been made,” said Zwane.

The accident happened near Copesville as the children were being taken along the R33 towards the city about 6am.

“It is a miracle that the children are recovering very well; those who witnessed the accident said they should not have survived,” he said.

The Sunday Times reported that Zuma was seen entering St Anne’s Hospital about 7pm on Friday, and left in high spirits an hour later.

It said Ntuli-Zuma was also at the hospital.

The Sunday Times reported earlier that Jacob Zuma had been poisoned by his second wife Ntuli-Zuma.

The paper said Ntuli-Zuma had been banned from the Zuma’s Nkandla home following claims of a plot to poison the president. The paper could not confirm that Zuma had been poisoned and it could not confirm the type of poison Ntuli-Zuma had allegedly used on her husband.

It quoted three unnamed sources who “claim that although the president fell ill and was hospitalised last year, it was only during a trip to the US two months later that the still-ailing Zuma was told he had been poisoned”.

Source: IOL

New BRICS bank to challenge IMF

A new development bank launched by emerging economies will help all nations in distress to return to health, South African President Jacob Zuma said Monday.

The so-called Brics – Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa – announced last month that they were setting up a development bank and emergency reserve fund. This was seen as a major challenge to the Washington-based International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which some emerging powers see as biased towards Western policy positions.

Zuma, visiting Washington for a US-Africa summit, argued that the IMF has few success stories to show despite the often austere regimens it imposes on troubled economies in return for emergency loans.

For now, only the Brics nations will be able to draw from the $50-billion in the New Development Bank and $100-billion in the Contingent Reserve Arrangement. The IMF, set up with the World Bank during the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, has faced criticism for imposing onerous conditions and for not giving wider representation to developing nations on its controlling committees.

The Brics bank plan came after an agreement to give China and other emerging powers more voting power in the IMF got bogged down in the US Senate due to opposition by conservative Republicans.

Source: Sapa

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj rejects Media24 story about Motlanthe

Mac Maharaj
Mac Maharaj

According to presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj in a statement, “The Presidency strongly rejects the allegations made in the Media24 titles this weekend that President Jacob Zuma had a hand in an alleged withdrawal of an academic honour for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in the People’s Republic of China and that they no longer work together.

“The reports are baseless and ridiculous. Neither the President nor his Private Office had any knowledge of this honour that was apparently turned down until enquiries came from Media24 or Naspers newspapers.

“Earlier this year the Presidency was also surprised by fictitious reports in the Sunday Independent newspaper that President Zuma was apparently preventing the Deputy President from travelling outside the country.

“We explained then that the international programme of the President and Deputy President is coordinated with DIRCO in consultation with the Presidency.

“The President and the Deputy President continue to work well together and share responsibilities including Cabinet.

“It would thus assist greatly if the media probed deeper before believing and publishing spurious allegations of this nature so as not to peddle falsehoods.”

Zuma wants young black academics to replace retiring whites

Wits_University_Great_HallMore young black graduates are needed to fill academic posts at universities, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

“… We want to attract more young black graduates into academic careers,” he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Gauteng Manifesto Forum at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg.

“Our research indicates that one fifth of our university academics will retire within a decade, of which 32 percent are professors, meaning most experienced academics will be leaving the field.”

There were only limited numbers of younger researchers entering academia to replace those leaving.

The government was prioritising investment in education and skills development to help boost youth employment.

“The National Development Plan envisages an increase in higher education enrolments from 17.9 percent in 2012 to 25 percent by 2030.

“Indeed, our young people are hungry for education,” Zuma said.

In the past 10 years, the number of enrolments had grown by more than half.

Two new universities were being built in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape in response to the demand for education.

“Our economy has expanded, more opportunities are becoming available for all,” he said.

Since 1994, total employment had increased by more than 3.5 million

In mining and industry, the average real wages had increased by more than 150 percent, also since 1994.

“While income inequality remains high, the expansion of our social grants system has contributed to a reduction in the proportion of households living in poverty,” said Zuma.

There had also been progress in transformation of ownership and the management of the economy.

“To date, over R600 billion in Black Economic Empowerment transactions have been recorded since 1995,” he said.

Black people and women in senior management positions had increased from less than 10 percent in the 1990s to over 40 percent.

“More progress is needed, but the trend is in the right direction.”

While the global economic meltdown had affected the economy considerably since 2009, the resilience of South Africa’s banking sector had shielded the economy to some extent.

On the issue of e-tolling, Zuma said: “The roads are to be tolled to pay back the money we borrowed to build the freeways.

“… It is not fair to make the whole of South Africa pay for Gauteng’s road use by taxing everyone’s petrol more or put more burden on the already strained fiscus.”

On October 9, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissed the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s (Outa) challenge to the e-tolling of Gauteng’s freeways.

On Friday, Outa announced that it would abandon its legal battle as it had insufficient funds.

“We still owe our lawyers R1.8 million and it will cost R1.5m to continue. We realised that we are out of money,” Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said at the time. – Sapa

Beware the Black Borg!

Borg Art  Pic

by Albert Brenner

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The greatest bogeyman ever conjured up in order to keep rebellious white South Africans in line, comes in the form of an amorphous, same-thinking, same-feeling, black entity. This all-dominant Jungian (archetypal) mass of collective agency was reinvigorated by the half-wit CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), Fransie Cronjé, in a Rapport (read Naspers Pravda) column last weekend.

According to Fransie, whites in Mandelatopia must stop rebelling against their de facto enslavement forthwith, lest blacks destroy them utterly in a “second revolution”. In short – in line with the finest Stockholm Syndrome diagnosis – Fransie is screaming; “Keep quiet, otherwise they will kill us!”.

Now the thing is just whether the little bald pseudo-intellectual shyster is actually dim-witted or just plain ignorant. For he neither knows or represents white South Africans, nor does he know or represent black South Africans. Yet he presumes to do both, in public!

The simple fact is that this amorphous collective black entity that he so dreads, simply does not exist. It is simply another bogeyman created by the MSM and Hollywood – an entity akin to the Borg in the science-fiction series Star Trek. The former fictional being – written in the singular because they all share the same consciousness, and conscience – is famous for their (dreaded) command; “This is the Borg. We`ll assimilate you now. Resistance is futile”!

All fiction, all guano… in the real world. Never in recorded history has there been absolute hegemony among Africans – and, especially not in South Africa. The various black groupings – mostly tribal, in nature – were at each others throat before Apartheid, during Apartheid, and even now… after Apartheid.

To even think that all blacks share the exact same thoughts, feelings, moral sentiments, et cetera, – just because they share the same skin colour – is not only incredibly naive, it is also downright patronising and racist. In short; there is no absolute hegemony among the other races; so why should blacks be different in this regard?!

It therefore beggars belief when even (self-appointed) black intellectuals, like the awfully trite Hegel-emulating “Bikoist”, Andile Mngxitama, throw tantrums when blacks – wherever they may find themselves in space and time – do not act as “one” (see picture below).

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Be that as it may; the “Black Borg” myth is only topped by its inverse, the myth of the Noble Savage. The latter, a neo-Romantic Rousseauian-regurgitating MSM/Hollywood creation, sees all blacks as inherently cherubic beings who only want the best for humanity, the universe… and the environment, of course. All little Mandela`s in heart, soul and suffering… all “one” in their eternal victimhood at the hands of the White Devil.

It is, frankly, beyond belief that even blacks themselves ascribe to this sickening denigration of their very being. I mean honestly, how can they acquiesce to a perception that only allows them collective agency, and not individual agency? But then, hey; they have been baby-sat for so long by bleeding-heart White Guilt-driven liberals that they, blacks, have left it up to others, like little lentil Fransie, to speak on their behalf.

Whatever the moral weather on that one; it is a fact that blacks have never, and will never, act as “one”. And the threat by the SAIRR vegetable, Fransie, that disillusioned (`”bitter”) whites will cause the Black Borg to suddenly appear from the Delta-quadrant wormhole just because they, the whites, are justifiably recalcitrant, is equally preposterous. Nothing, in the context of Mandelatopia, illustrates this more succinctly than the transition period to black rule in the early 90s.

During this time, the blacks did not rise up as “one” to take revenge on their Tutu-myth Holocaust oppressors, the whites. On the contrary; once the blacks realised that FW (fuck-wit) De Klerk was just going to hand over the whole caboodle, they went straight for each other’s throats…to get at the loot first.

Near-civil war circumstances prevailed as the Zulus of Buthulezi’s IFP fought the (mostly Xhosa) ANC of Mandela. More than 16 000 blacks died during that period. Hardly any whites were harmed, except for the cowardly APLA attacks on the St George’s Pub and the Roseview Church.

In her brilliant bookThe People’s War, Anthea Jeffery painstakingly researched the true facts behind the so-called “liberation struggle”. Her findings illustrate, beyond any doubt, how blacks used fellow blacks as a mere means to an end. It is an indisputable fact that the vast majority of blacks in South Africa were coerced, by threat of physical violence, to partake in Joe Slovo’s callous revolution.

  • `”the ANC had little compunction about attacking black civilians, including its own supporters, for the formula for people’s war draws no distinction between combatants and others and regards all civilians (irrespective of their political affiliation) as expendable in conflict;
  • the ANC had a motive to unleash violence, for it wanted to create enough mayhem and unrest either to spark an insurrection or to weaken its opponents to the point where it could triumph in negotiations;
  • the ANC had the means to unleash violence, for the peace process allowed it to bring back into South Africa some 13 000 armed and trained combatants whom it then refused to disarm or disband; and
  • the ANC was the only organisation to draw benefit from the 15 000 political killings that took place in the early 1990s (after all major apartheid laws had been repealed), for it used these to;
  1. stigmatise De Klerk and the IFP,
  2. stampede negotiators into giving it what Joe Slovo called ‘a famous victory’ in negotiations, and
  3. put great pressure on the first all-race election, while making it unthinkable for anyone to demand a re-run of the deeply flawed April 1994 poll in which it was accorded (no accurate count being possible) some 63% of the vote.” (source)

The above-quoted just illustrates, once more, that Fransie is as dumb as mud… especially given the fact that Dr Jeffery is his chief researcher at the SAIRR!

Hell, one does not even need to read a single book to understand that blacks are not “one”. Just look at the dismal moral state of all post-colonial sub-Saharan countries. The chief “liberator” and his inner circle have always enriched themselves shamelessly, at the expense of their own people.

In Mandelatopia, Mandela, like his cronies Sexwale, Zuma, Ramaphosa, et cetera, are drowning in money, while the vast majority of their fellow blacks are suffering under extreme poverty. It suffices to say that they, the former, couldn’t`t give a continental damn. There is no “oneness”, no ubuntu, no Noble Savage and no Black Borg. Period!

That a “second revolution” will take place in Mandelatopia is a fact. But it will not be because whites are standing up for their rights. It will be because blacks will revolt against their own leaders because of the broken promises of the past 20 years of typically-African mis-governing. That whites will bear the brunt of the coming (inevitable) revolution is obvious, because they (still) have those things that the black leaders promised their black sheeple, but failed to deliver… as always.

It is thus abundantly clear that the motive behind Fransie`s reinvigoration of the Black Borg myth is everything but noble, in the sense of heroically”saving” the enslaved backsides of whites in Mandelatopia.

For you see, for Fransie – as one of the main Afrikaner H-G men in Mandelatopia – it is all about keeping his ill-earned privileges and prestige. Had the playing-field with his white peers been level, half-wits like Fransie, Piet Croucamp, JP Landman, Tim du Plessis, Pierre de Vos, etc. would never have reached the level they have attained now.

But then; Fransie`s DNA is coward-based. His survival instincts and skills were honed in his dad’s nutsack… where he used to cower in the most remote corner because he was the lesser of 60 million. Now he is still cowering, in front of 60 million blacks. But that is his saving grace, his claim to fame. For unlike the one million whites who were forced to emigrate in order to seek employment, Fransie is in league with the new Master of South Africa. He is a made-man!

So the next time Fransie screams at you, as a white South African, to shut the fcuk up and continue paying unquestioningly for the `”sins of your forefathers”, just think of the picture below.

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Kunene resigns from EFF

Kenny Kunene
Kenny Kunene enjoying a meal

‘Sushi King’ and porn entrepreneur Kenny Kunene has resigned from his senior position in Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) movement.

According to the Star, Kunene told the newspaper he was resigning as head of campaigns, mobilisation and special projects with immediate effect and would no longer hold a leadership position in the party.

Among other complaints, Kunene criticised Zuma’s friendship with the Gupta family.

“The Gupta issue alone should be the last straw for many South Africans,” Kunene wrote in the letter, published in the Star.

When asked if he still intended to Vote for the EFF, Kunene reportedly said that his vote was secret, but that he is still committed to economic freedom.

“I will remain an economic freedom fighter for ordinary people,” IOL reported him as saying.

The EFF recently made headlines when Julius Malema and fellow party members visited the magistrate’s court in Fochville, wearing their distinctive red berets, to show support for residents who had been arrested after violent protests.

The movement has filed papers with the IEC to formally register as a political party.

Malema, whose tax affairs have recently been audited, claimed earlier this month that Kunene and other EFF members had also received notices from Sars that they were under investigation. – eNCA

DA strips ‘racist’ of party membership

Zuma surrounded by wives
Zuma surrounded by wives

The DA has stripped suspended Nelson Mandela Bay Metro DA councillor, Stanford Slabbert of his party membership after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of circulating an offensive and racist e-mail, criticising President Jacob Zuma.

In the e-mail Slabbert said Zuma had more wives than brain cells.

Eastern Cape DA leader, Athol Trollip says the party followed due processes.

“There were charges brought against Cllr Slabbert. He’s been guilty on three of the four charges. They are constitutional breaches due to him circulating racist and offensive email. The sanction has been, he’s found guilty and the finding is that membership is terminated meaning no longer member of DA. He has one more avenue to follow; an appeal through federal legal commission.”

Zuma reconstitutes Arms Commission

Seriti
Seriti

President Jacob Zuma has decided not to replace Justice Francis Legodi who resigned from the Arms Procurement Commission last week.

The President has reconstituted the Commission and it is now composed of Justice Willie Seriti as its Chairperson and Justice Thekiso Musi as a member.

He remains confident that the Commission will successfully complete its work, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

On October 2011, President Jacob Zuma appointed a Commission of Inquiry into the allegations of Fraud, Corruption, Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package, or the Arms Procurement Commission.

The Commission was composed of the Honourable Mr Justice Willie Seriti, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal as its Chairperson and the Honourable Mr Justice Hendrik Thekiso Musi, Judge President of the Free State High Court as well as the Honourable Mr Justice Malesela Francis Legodi, Judge of the North Gauteng High Court as its members.

Last week, Justice Legodi, tendered his resignation, citing confidential personal reasons.

Zuma guard linked to ‘blue light’ crash

blue_lightThe black BMW which sped through a red traffic light and crashed in Braamfontein was registered to a presidential bodyguard, The Star reported on Thursday.

Maj-Gen Mzingaye Mxolisi Dladla, of the police’s presidential protection service, reportedly refused to comment to the newspaper about the car, which was reportedly part of a blue light convoy.

“I don’t discuss anything about my unit, to any paper,” he was quoted as saying.

According to The Star, presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said he could not comment on the crash, as “all blue light protection is under the SAPS, you need to ask them”.

It was reported that President Jacob Zuma retained Dladla as his personal bodyguard after he was dismissed as deputy president in 2005.

When Zuma became president, Dladla was one of the bodyguards in Zuma’s closest circle, known as the Echo Group and was appointed head of the presidential protection service.

On Tuesday, the car reportedly registered to Dladla was involved in a crash near the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein.

When photographers began taking pictures of the crash, the car’s number plates were removed.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told the newspaper the police would investigate the crash. – Sapa

Robert Mugabe plotted Jacob Zuma assassination, document claims

Friends?
Friends?

Zimbabwe’s political rivals have clashed over an apparently secret document said to be from intelligence sources that alleges an outlandish plot by President Robert Mugabe to hire a Lebanese murder squad to assassinate his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, and a top diplomat.

The typed two-page report – persuasively detailed but at times written in excitable language strewn with grammatical and spelling errors – has been dismissed by Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party as “hogwash” and a “typical setup”. The rival Movement for Democratic Change said the assassination threats should be taken seriously.

Roy Bennett, the MDC treasurer-general, in exile, was more certain. “We know the report to be credible; it comes from reliable and trustworthy sources within the heart of the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation],” he said. “It is a stark reminder of the full horrific extent that Robert Mugabe is prepared to go in order to hang on to power and avenge his critics.”

The MDC and civil society groups in Zimbabwe have applauded Zuma for taking a tougher stand against Mugabe than the previous South African president, Thabo Mbeki.

They come amid souring relations between neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa. Last week Mugabe branded Zuma’s chief mediator, Lindiwe Zulu, “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a “little street woman” after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections.

The purportedly leaked document, dated 2 July and of unknown authorship, contains a paragraph headed: “Lebonese assasins” (sic). It states: “On Monday this week Mugabe hired six Lebanese nationals to try and assassinate Lindiwe Zulu, who is Zuma’s advisor. The six met clandestinely with Mugabe yesterday to be briefed by him on the details of their mission … The six were told they must not concentrate on Zulu only, but should also pay attention to Zuma himself, and if they get a chance to do so they must assassinate him as well – but everything must appear as an accident.”

It adds: “Mugabe promised the six Lebonese [sic] an undisclosed fortune in cash if they succeed in getting rid of the two who [sic] South Africa senior officials who are giving him a lot of trouble. Names of the six could not be established, but they entered into the country via Zambia in the last few days, where they had previously held a close meeting with [president] Michael Sata before travelling into Zimbabwe.”

The document also claims that Mugabe summoned and castigated security officers over a leak to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, regarding the involvement of an Israeli company in managing the country’s electoral role. Mugabe ordered that “the culprits who leaked the information are made to suffer and die a painful death”, it says. Tsvangirai has spoken publicly about his concern over the role of the Israeli company Nikuv.

The secretive Israel-based firm – accused of manipulating past elections in the region – is alleged to be involved in managing Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll.

Eddie Cross, a MDC MP told the Mail & Guardian that he had been informed by security sources that the company, Nikuv International Projects, is working on the roll at Defence House, the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Defence Force. The MDC also alleged that Nikuv was a front for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, although it offered no evidence to support the claim.

Cross said the source told him that the company is working under the direction of Daniel Tonde Nhepera, the deputy head of the Zimbabwe’s dreaded internal security arm, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

Another Zimbabwean intelligence source confirmed to the M&G the allegation that Nikuv is working on the voters’ roll “with the CIO”.

The Guardian has seen a copy of the two-page document but has not been able to verify it as being genuine. The possibility that it is a hoax designed to embarrass the opposition cannot be ruled out.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesman for Zanu-PF, insisted: “To be frank with you, it’s all rubbish and hogwash to think a head of state like president Mugabe would set up something like that. We have a disagreement with Lindiwe Zulu but it would not go to that extent.”

Asked about the alleged threat to Zuma, he replied: “You should not take it seriously. It’s a typical setup in Zimbabwe to try and cause some confusion before the election because we are going ahead with our election according to our laws whether they like it or not.”

But this is not the first time allegations have surfaced of Zimbabwean government agents carrying out clandestine operations in South Africa. Nor are rumours of assassinations so unusual: South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper recently compiled a list of nine Zimbabwean politicians who have died in mysterious car crashes, including the one last month involving Edward Chindori-Chininga, the outspoken chairperson of a parliamentary committee that had just released a highly critical report on the diamond industry.

Fierce factional infighting within Zanu-PF and the security sector has resulted in a number of damaging intelligence leaks, notably on the Facebook page of a mole known as Baba Jukwa.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC’s spokesperson, said of the document: “We have had sight of the intelligence information but we are unable to confirm its authenticity. For the MDC, the international community must take these assassination allegations seriously.” – The Guardian

Roy Bennett, the MDC treasurer-general, in exile, was more certain. “We know the report to be credible; it comes from reliable and trustworthy sources within the heart of the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation],” he said. “It is a stark reminder of the full horrific extent that Robert Mugabe is prepared to go in order to hang on to power and avenge his critics.”

The MDC and civil society groups in Zimbabwe have applauded Zuma for taking a tougher stand against Mugabe than the previous South African president, Thabo Mbeki.

They come amid souring relations between neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa. Last week Mugabe branded Zuma’s chief mediator, Lindiwe Zulu, “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a “little street woman” after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections.

The purportedly leaked document, dated 2 July and of unknown authorship, contains a paragraph headed: “Lebonese assasins” (sic). It states: “On Monday this week Mugabe hired six Lebanese nationals to try and assassinate Lindiwe Zulu, who is Zuma’s advisor. The six met clandestinely with Mugabe yesterday to be briefed by him on the details of their mission … The six were told they must not concentrate on Zulu only, but should also pay attention to Zuma himself, and if they get a chance to do so they must assassinate him as well – but everything must appear as an accident.”

It adds: “Mugabe promised the six Lebonese [sic] an undisclosed fortune in cash if they succeed in getting rid of the two who [sic] South Africa senior officials who are giving him a lot of trouble. Names of the six could not be established, but they entered into the country via Zambia in the last few days, where they had previously held a close meeting with [president] Michael Sata before travelling into Zimbabwe.”

The document also claims that Mugabe summoned and castigated security officers over a leak to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, regarding the involvement of an Israeli company in managing the country’s electoral role. Mugabe ordered that “the culprits who leaked the information are made to suffer and die a painful death”, it says. Tsvangirai has spoken publicly about his concern over the role of the Israeli company Nikuv.

The secretive Israel-based firm – accused of manipulating past elections in the region – is alleged to be involved in managing Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll.

Eddie Cross, a MDC MP told the Mail & Guardian that he had been informed by security sources that the company, Nikuv International Projects, is working on the roll at Defence House, the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Defence Force. The MDC also alleged that Nikuv was a front for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, although it offered no evidence to support the claim.

Cross said the source told him that the company is working under the direction of Daniel Tonde Nhepera, the deputy head of the Zimbabwe’s dreaded internal security arm, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

Another Zimbabwean intelligence source confirmed to the M&G the allegation that Nikuv is working on the voters’ roll “with the CIO”.

The Guardian has seen a copy of the two-page document but has not been able to verify it as being genuine. The possibility that it is a hoax designed to embarrass the opposition cannot be ruled out.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesman for Zanu-PF, insisted: “To be frank with you, it’s all rubbish and hogwash to think a head of state like president Mugabe would set up something like that. We have a disagreement with Lindiwe Zulu but it would not go to that extent.”

Asked about the alleged threat to Zuma, he replied: “You should not take it seriously. It’s a typical setup in Zimbabwe to try and cause some confusion before the election because we are going ahead with our election according to our laws whether they like it or not.”

But this is not the first time allegations have surfaced of Zimbabwean government agents carrying out clandestine operations in South Africa. Nor are rumours of assassinations so unusual: South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper recently compiled a list of nine Zimbabwean politicians who have died in mysterious car crashes, including the one last month involving Edward Chindori-Chininga, the outspoken chairperson of a parliamentary committee that had just released a highly critical report on the diamond industry.

Fierce factional infighting within Zanu-PF and the security sector has resulted in a number of damaging intelligence leaks, notably on the Facebook page of a mole known as Baba Jukwa.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC’s spokesperson, said of the document: “We have had sight of the intelligence information but we are unable to confirm its authenticity. For the MDC, the international community must take these assassination allegations seriously.” – The Guardian

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Roy Bennett, the MDC treasurer-general, in exile, was more certain. “We know the report to be credible; it comes from reliable and trustworthy sources within the heart of the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation],” he said. “It is a stark reminder of the full horrific extent that Robert Mugabe is prepared to go in order to hang on to power and avenge his critics.”

The MDC and civil society groups in Zimbabwe have applauded Zuma for taking a tougher stand against Mugabe than the previous South African president, Thabo Mbeki.

They come amid souring relations between neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa. Last week Mugabe branded Zuma’s chief mediator, Lindiwe Zulu, “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a “little street woman” after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections.

The purportedly leaked document, dated 2 July and of unknown authorship, contains a paragraph headed: “Lebonese assasins” (sic). It states: “On Monday this week Mugabe hired six Lebanese nationals to try and assassinate Lindiwe Zulu, who is Zuma’s advisor. The six met clandestinely with Mugabe yesterday to be briefed by him on the details of their mission … The six were told they must not concentrate on Zulu only, but should also pay attention to Zuma himself, and if they get a chance to do so they must assassinate him as well – but everything must appear as an accident.”

It adds: “Mugabe promised the six Lebonese [sic] an undisclosed fortune in cash if they succeed in getting rid of the two who [sic] South Africa senior officials who are giving him a lot of trouble. Names of the six could not be established, but they entered into the country via Zambia in the last few days, where they had previously held a close meeting with [president] Michael Sata before travelling into Zimbabwe.”

The document also claims that Mugabe summoned and castigated security officers over a leak to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, regarding the involvement of an Israeli company in managing the country’s electoral role. Mugabe ordered that “the culprits who leaked the information are made to suffer and die a painful death”, it says. Tsvangirai has spoken publicly about his concern over the role of the Israeli company Nikuv.

The secretive Israel-based firm – accused of manipulating past elections in the region – is alleged to be involved in managing Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll.

Eddie Cross, a MDC MP told the Mail & Guardian that he had been informed by security sources that the company, Nikuv International Projects, is working on the roll at Defence House, the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Defence Force. The MDC also alleged that Nikuv was a front for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, although it offered no evidence to support the claim.

Cross said the source told him that the company is working under the direction of Daniel Tonde Nhepera, the deputy head of the Zimbabwe’s dreaded internal security arm, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

Another Zimbabwean intelligence source confirmed to the M&G the allegation that Nikuv is working on the voters’ roll “with the CIO”.

The Guardian has seen a copy of the two-page document but has not been able to verify it as being genuine. The possibility that it is a hoax designed to embarrass the opposition cannot be ruled out.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesman for Zanu-PF, insisted: “To be frank with you, it’s all rubbish and hogwash to think a head of state like president Mugabe would set up something like that. We have a disagreement with Lindiwe Zulu but it would not go to that extent.”

Asked about the alleged threat to Zuma, he replied: “You should not take it seriously. It’s a typical setup in Zimbabwe to try and cause some confusion before the election because we are going ahead with our election according to our laws whether they like it or not.”

But this is not the first time allegations have surfaced of Zimbabwean government agents carrying out clandestine operations in South Africa. Nor are rumours of assassinations so unusual: South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper recently compiled a list of nine Zimbabwean politicians who have died in mysterious car crashes, including the one last month involving Edward Chindori-Chininga, the outspoken chairperson of a parliamentary committee that had just released a highly critical report on the diamond industry.

Fierce factional infighting within Zanu-PF and the security sector has resulted in a number of damaging intelligence leaks, notably on the Facebook page of a mole known as Baba Jukwa.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC’s spokesperson, said of the document: “We have had sight of the intelligence information but we are unable to confirm its authenticity. For the MDC, the international community must take these assassination allegations seriously.” – The Guardian

– See more at: http://praag.org/?p=7173#sthash.Q4ousLtS.dpuf

Roy Bennett, the MDC treasurer-general, in exile, was more certain. “We know the report to be credible; it comes from reliable and trustworthy sources within the heart of the CIO [Central Intelligence Organisation],” he said. “It is a stark reminder of the full horrific extent that Robert Mugabe is prepared to go in order to hang on to power and avenge his critics.”

The MDC and civil society groups in Zimbabwe have applauded Zuma for taking a tougher stand against Mugabe than the previous South African president, Thabo Mbeki.

They come amid souring relations between neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa. Last week Mugabe branded Zuma’s chief mediator, Lindiwe Zulu, “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a “little street woman” after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections.

The purportedly leaked document, dated 2 July and of unknown authorship, contains a paragraph headed: “Lebonese assasins” (sic). It states: “On Monday this week Mugabe hired six Lebanese nationals to try and assassinate Lindiwe Zulu, who is Zuma’s advisor. The six met clandestinely with Mugabe yesterday to be briefed by him on the details of their mission … The six were told they must not concentrate on Zulu only, but should also pay attention to Zuma himself, and if they get a chance to do so they must assassinate him as well – but everything must appear as an accident.”

It adds: “Mugabe promised the six Lebonese [sic] an undisclosed fortune in cash if they succeed in getting rid of the two who [sic] South Africa senior officials who are giving him a lot of trouble. Names of the six could not be established, but they entered into the country via Zambia in the last few days, where they had previously held a close meeting with [president] Michael Sata before travelling into Zimbabwe.”

The document also claims that Mugabe summoned and castigated security officers over a leak to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, regarding the involvement of an Israeli company in managing the country’s electoral role. Mugabe ordered that “the culprits who leaked the information are made to suffer and die a painful death”, it says. Tsvangirai has spoken publicly about his concern over the role of the Israeli company Nikuv.

The secretive Israel-based firm – accused of manipulating past elections in the region – is alleged to be involved in managing Zimbabwe’s voters’ roll.

Eddie Cross, a MDC MP told the Mail & Guardian that he had been informed by security sources that the company, Nikuv International Projects, is working on the roll at Defence House, the headquarters of the Zimbabwe Defence Force. The MDC also alleged that Nikuv was a front for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, although it offered no evidence to support the claim.

Cross said the source told him that the company is working under the direction of Daniel Tonde Nhepera, the deputy head of the Zimbabwe’s dreaded internal security arm, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

Another Zimbabwean intelligence source confirmed to the M&G the allegation that Nikuv is working on the voters’ roll “with the CIO”.

The Guardian has seen a copy of the two-page document but has not been able to verify it as being genuine. The possibility that it is a hoax designed to embarrass the opposition cannot be ruled out.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesman for Zanu-PF, insisted: “To be frank with you, it’s all rubbish and hogwash to think a head of state like president Mugabe would set up something like that. We have a disagreement with Lindiwe Zulu but it would not go to that extent.”

Asked about the alleged threat to Zuma, he replied: “You should not take it seriously. It’s a typical setup in Zimbabwe to try and cause some confusion before the election because we are going ahead with our election according to our laws whether they like it or not.”

But this is not the first time allegations have surfaced of Zimbabwean government agents carrying out clandestine operations in South Africa. Nor are rumours of assassinations so unusual: South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper recently compiled a list of nine Zimbabwean politicians who have died in mysterious car crashes, including the one last month involving Edward Chindori-Chininga, the outspoken chairperson of a parliamentary committee that had just released a highly critical report on the diamond industry.

Fierce factional infighting within Zanu-PF and the security sector has resulted in a number of damaging intelligence leaks, notably on the Facebook page of a mole known as Baba Jukwa.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC’s spokesperson, said of the document: “We have had sight of the intelligence information but we are unable to confirm its authenticity. For the MDC, the international community must take these assassination allegations seriously.” – The Guardian

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Mandela responding to treatment says Zuma

MandelacellFormer president Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment but is still in a critical but stable condition, says President Jacob Zuma.

“We are encouraged that Madiba is responding to treatment and urge the public to continue providing support and showering him with love, which gives him and the family strength,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement on Wednesday.

Zuma visited Mandela in hospital on Wednesday evening.

The elder statesman was spending his 33rd day at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for treatment of a recurring lung infection. He was admitted on June 8.

Zuma turned up shortly after Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula left the hospital. He left after about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, people continued to flock to the hospital to leave messages of support for Mandela; among them New York University students.

The students are in the country for a month to study education and social reforms. They lit candles near the wall filled with messages and well wishes for Mandela.

Inspired by Mandela
“His influence and what he stands for has touched all of us,” said Curtis Outlaw.

He said he was inspired by Mandela and all he had accomplished in his life.

“I look at him as an inspirational individual. From him I have learned that with perseverance, anything can be accomplished,” he said.

Crystal Soto said it was very important for them, as social welfare students, to visit the hospital and see what the country had been saying about Madiba.

“As educators, it is also important to study who he is and what he has accomplished as a person,” she said.

The students said it was important for them to show respect for the sacrifices Mandela had made, to ensure peace and unity in the country. – Sapa

Sushi King joins Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters

kennykuneneThe “Sushi King” Kenny Kunene has announced his membership of Julius Malema’s EFF movement, says a report from IOL. Kunene enjoys sushi from the naked bodies of white “models” displayed in public, which earned him the title.

Kunene has called Zuma a “monster” and a “tyrant” in an open letter recently. Now the flashy porn king has announced his move into politics.

Kunene on Monday issued the statement “declaring his [Kunene’s] membership of the Economic Freedom Fighters movement and has invited like-minded South Africans to join him”.

Kunene said that he has “taken the decision to be part of a collective – working hard and tirelessly to give birth to the Economic Freedom Fighters movement  – in order to not only take on the challenges facing the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable, but to show the ANC that it’s not just me who feels the way I do. Millions of others do too, and their votes will make that much clearer than anything I could write in a letter,” Kunene said.

“I am like Paul, who used to be Saul, but saw the light on his way to Damascus. The life of sushi and my army of women I put behind me. I see this as a challenge and a blessing that God has given me to have so many followers to make sure I contribute to the development of young people.

He said: “I am now going full-time into politics as a member and a revolutionary cadre of the Economic Freedom Fighters movement to make it a force to be reckoned with and to contest the next election. Why this movement? The answer is that the majority of people I have interacted with are telling me we need an alternative voice in this country that will be revolutionary.”

“The formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters movement is therefore not the decision of Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu or Kenny Kunene. It is the better, alternative voice of South Africans who are fed up with living without hope that things will ever change for the better.

“I therefore invite all South Africans who are tired of being lied to, manipulated and treated with arrogance to join the only revolutionary party in this country,” said Kunene.

The Star reported the next day that Kunene had, in an interview on Kaya FM the night before, reiterated his assertion that Zuma was a disloyal tyrant and a monster.

In Kunene’s statement on Monday, he responded to the ANC, saying: “Gwede went on Kaya [FM] the same day to deny it and instead of discussing my concerns, he discussed me and told South Africa all about my many perceived failings – but nothing he said was news to anyone, and he said nothing that I have not said myself, and been even more open about. The fact is that personally attacking the people who criticise you can’t make the criticisms they may have about you disappear.

“Many open letters were also, in return, written to me. Most of them chose the route of insulting me, but about my complaints there remains a deafening silence.” – Additional reporting by Sapa