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.