Amid Mourning for Mandela, South Africa’s President Plans $20 Million Dollar Home Upgrade

 

President Zuma

President Zuma

Even as plans are being made for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, which is projected to be the biggest since that of Winston Churchill, South Africa’s current president is diminishing Mandela’s legacy with reports of blatant corruption.

South Africa has one of the highest inequality rates in the world, but President Zuma is reportedly planning the construction of a $20 million dollar upgrade to his personal home while two million South Africans live in shacks.

From Al Jazeera:

Millions of dollars in taxpayer funds allocated for security upgrades to South African President Jacob Zuma’s homestead have been misused, alleges a provisional report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

 

The $20 million (R200 million) project reportedly included a number of “excessive” expenditures including a swimming pool, an amphitheatre, and a visitors’ centre, all funded by the state. A summary of the findings of the leaked report, known by the working title “Opulence on a Grand Scale”, was released by South African newspaper Mail & Guardian on Friday.

Some, like Winnie Mandela, blamed Madiba for negotiating a bad deal for blacks instead of dictating the terms of any agreement.

“He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks,” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said. “Economically, we are still on the outside. The economy is very much ‘white.’ It has a few token blacks, but so many who gave their life in the struggle have died unrewarded.”

Regardless of who is responsible, we can certainly surmise that with the acquiescence of black leaders, South Africa is still unequal, with whites extracting the lion’s share of wealth from the country while token blacks are getting their fill.

 

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5 comments
ROBERT@atx
ROBERT@atx

THE black S AFRICANS are suffering from the same type of corrupt leadership class that we black AMERICANS  have they no longer has the people interest in mind.


BUT now that MANDELA'S gone there is no one to restrain the black masses.


LOOK for the name JULIUS juju MALEMA to emerge he's white S AFRICANS worst nightmare ; in a few years they will look like ZIMBABWE!















arobinson214
arobinson214

There is nothing more corrupt then the ANC ( African National Congress).  Africans are and remain in worse economic and social condition under the ANC and the Mandala administration then they were under the administration of Apartheid. There are more political prisoners in opposition to the ANC then there were during the entire regime of the Apartheid Government. In the ANC attempts to suppress the rising tide of dissent. 

FredericaFerguson
FredericaFerguson

Now the real problems will begin. The token blacks will sell out their own for personal

gain. Why do you need a 20 million home improvement when there are lots of people there living in shacks, How about giving them a descent place to live.

runawayslavegirl
runawayslavegirl

These are the leaders that the one world will allow, denegrade your own, and disavow them. nothing has changed, I am with you Winnie, you had the right idea.