South Africa Elections Looming

April 12, 2009

The presidential elections in South Africa are looming. The outcome is as much in doubt as the 1 vs 16 seeds in the NCAA basketball tournament. Jacob Zuma will be the next president of South Africa. He is the head of the African National Congress and will be elected on April 22. There are several opposition parties vying for the presidency, but they are the Radford’s in South African politics. Their greatest hope is that the ANC will receive less than 66% of the electorate so that they cannot change the constitution. Our biggest concern is that there will not be violence between the ANC and the Inkhata Freedom Party which is strong here in KwaZulu-Natal and has engaged violently with ANC supporters in the past. In 1994, there was nearly a civil war between the ANC and the IFP throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

If you want to read more about Jacob Zuma, here is a recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail.

Here are Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s comments in Pietermartizburg’s The Witness on Zuma from last week in Durban.

For those who are interested, the charges against Zuma were all dropped last week thus clearing the way for a smooth election.

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2 Responses to “South Africa Elections Looming”

  1. Jeff Lloyd Says:

    Brian,

    Thanks for the reminder that you are collecting various thoughts about your time in South Africa with this blog. It is encouraging to me that leaders like Tutu and perhaps Mandela as well continue to provide a voice in the new South Africa that calls the current leadership to account for all that is happening. Politics truly matter across the continent of Africa and when an election happens (with one already decided on candidate or not…) people express themselves in the streets if they disagree.

    On a lighter note, it was encouraging to see you enjoying UNC basketball from thousands of miles away. There was much rejoicing among the four Lloyd children with the Tarheel victory.

    BTW – did I see you behind a white MacBook in the wee hours of the morning with your fellow UNC fan base? That is encouraging but perhaps only to someone like me. Take care.

    The Lloyds

    P.S. Please tell Rachel I am encouraged to read her thoughts and musings on her own blog. What a great idea.


  2. […] after she finishes her work.   This week our conversation focused on the upcoming election (see Brian’s post for more info and a link to a great overview article).  Zanele remembers vividly the election in […]


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