Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A beacon on the African continent

In so many African countries, when a head of government and/or of state is criticised, he (it is always a "he") reacts by shutting up or even eliminating the critic. Independent judges are not immune. How reassuring then to read that Jacob Zuma has bowed to the judgment of the courts in the case of the Nkandla scandal, even though it is surely another step on the road to his fall from power. Democracy and the rule of law are alive and well in South Africa*.

Now, will the new generation of leaders of the ANC dare to re-examine the bribery allegations surrounding the arms deals of an earlier decade?

* Tunisia is another notable exception.

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