Category Archives: South Africa

Victoire Ingabire trial comes close to Nelson Mandela Rivonia trial.

Nelson Mandela and his co-accused went on trial between 1963 and 1964 under the apartheid rule.

The racist South African regime had accused the leaders of the African National Congress of 221 accounts of sabotage designed to overthrow the Apartheid system.

The Rivonia trial, as it was called, was essentially a mechanism through which the apartheid government would hurt or mute the ANC and allied organisations. Continue reading

Africa, as a continent, should stand firmly for a right to veto UN decisions

Libya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, and Somalia, these are African countries’ cases where in recent years, if the black continent could’ve been able to veto some of the UN resolutions, things would’ve turned differently.

The following text, which in a way points particularly on the weight of Africa in international politics, was extracted from the recently published book ‘African Awakening – The Emerging Revolutions.’ Jean Paul Pougala is the author of the article [The lies behind the West’s war on Libya] from which the extract is.

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Let’s not demonize our challengers: a powerful message from William Mpofu

Should all Africans become like Egyptians when it comes to challenging leaders? This is a fundamental question I ask to anyone out there working for change on the African continent.  In less than a year, Egypt and its people are again showing to the rest of the world that masses are tired of being continuously lied to by politicians.

Most politicians if not all are liars. Is Sarkozy less of a liar than Netanyahu, though he treated the latter of being one in a leaked conversation with Obama? You tell me. But this is not about these three, but about South African politics. If one remembers, when Mandela was freed from prison and his country ended Apartheid rule, many in South Africa and the rest of the world, believed strongly in a new era where victims of the discriminative system would harvest in a reasonable period of time the benefits of such change.

Julius Malema, the leader of ANCYL, and a significant fraction of his compatriots don’t think that much has effectively changed since then. For his frank-speaking over issues affecting South Africans and other Africans elsewhere, that officials in ANC leadership cannot address effectively, he has been publicly demonised. The following article from William Mpofu writing in The Sowetan pleads for his defence. Continue reading