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Breaking News: Zuma corruption charges dropped

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  1. Sophist

    Sophist JF-Expert Member

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    Zuma corruption charges dropped


    [​IMG] Mr Zuma has always maintained the charges were part of a political plot

    Prosecutors in South Africa have announced they are dropping corruption charges against African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma.
    Chief prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe described the decision as the most difficult of his life.
    Mr Zuma is widely expected to become the country's next president after elections later this month.
    He was accused of graft, racketeering and money-laundering in connection with a 1999 arms deal.
    Mr Zuma has always denied the charges, saying they were part of a political plot.
    The chief prosecutor said the decision had serious implications for the legal system in South Africa.
    He said the decision related to the illegal manipulation of the prosecution system, as revealed by secret recordings of conversations with the former head of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), Bulelani Ngcuka.
    "I have come to the difficult conclusion that it is neither possible nor desirable for the NPA to continue with the prosecution of Mr Zuma," Mr Mphse said, reading his statement live on radio and television.
    "It is a difficult decision because the NPA has expended considerable resources on this matter, and it has been conducted by a committed and dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators who have handled a difficult case with utmost professionalism and who have not been implicated in any misconduct," added Mr Mpshe.
    BBC
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    Victory for Zuma's hard-core fans



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    By Lucy Fleming
    BBC News, Durban
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    To the delight of Jacob Zuma's hard-core fans, the African National Congress (ANC) leader is to face the South African electorate on Wednesday 22 April without corruption charges hanging over his head.
    For retired ANC Durban councillor Phindi Duma it is a vindication for the passionate support she has shown the man who four years ago was a political pariah.
    "I was present at all the cases," says the 68-year-old, who spent more than 25 years in exile in Mozambique during apartheid.

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    [​IMG] Sometimes we don't sleep because there will be thousands and thousands of people [​IMG]


    Businessman Mzamo Mathe

    The numerous court gatherings often had a carnival atmosphere, full of food and music - the smell of incense from herbs burned in traditional prayer rituals used to hang in the air.
    And like the hundreds of other supporters who chanted and performed the South African toy-toy protest dance outside courtrooms across the country, Mrs Duma believes all the charges were politically motivated.
    "People like him very very much so they started making new allegations every day… building something up against him, painting him black to the people," she says.
    Mzamo Mathe, a Durban businessman and fellow court protester, agrees.
    "Can you imagine a whole state preferring to spend millions and millions of rand chasing some allegation of 500,000?" he says.

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    Mr Zuma's woes began in 2005 when he was sacked as deputy president after his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik was found guilty of fraud and corruption.
    He was then charged with corruption in connection with the same multi-million dollar arms deal, and then there was the charge of rape - which was later acquitted.
    But the corruption case, which initially collapsed, was revived in December 2007 after he won the presidency of the ANC.
    On occasions Mrs Duma and Mr Mathe were part of a core group of supporters, but for the September hearing in Pietermaritzburg, when a ruling went in Mr Zuma's favour, the crowds turned out overnight to cheer on their man.

    [​IMG] Zuma supporters took up aim outside courthouses


    "Sometimes we don't sleep because there will be thousands and thousands of people," says Mr Mathe, who runs a construction company employing 60 people.
    As the boss, he was easily able to attend the trials - sometimes taking along his young six-year-old daughter for a day out.
    But he says other fans took leave in order to come to court.
    "You can see a lot of sacrifice from various people because they felt it is a just cause."

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    [​IMG] Without those guerrillas, without those guns we wouldn't be here today talking about the government [​IMG]


    Retired ANC councillor Phindi Duma

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    Timeline: Zuma's legal problems

    "We'll be all toy-toying, all chatting and also singing all kinds of songs - liberation songs."
    But the supporters have come in for criticism for jeering at the woman Mr Zuma was accused of raping and one rallying song has been the subject of heated controversy - Umshini wami (Bring me my machine gun).
    It is regarded as Mr Zuma's anthem, with some fans taking aim outside court with wooden crafted machine guns.
    It has led to accusations that the man who led the ANC's military wing from exile in Mozambique has been using the threat of violence instead of the democratic process to fight his cause.
    ANC youth leader Julius Malema was heavily criticised last year for warning that supporters were prepared to take up arms for Mr Zuma.
    "We are prepared to die for Zuma," he said.
    'Not free financially'
    But Mrs Duma says the song underlies the freedoms that the liberation struggle achieved.

    [​IMG] Mr Zuma has huge grassroots support and is seen as a man of the people

    "We all believe that we got our freedom because of the machine gun.
    "Without those guerrillas, without those guns we wouldn't be here today talking about the government.
    "We are now free to talk - even on TV, on the newspapers, on radio, you can do what you like because we are free."
    She was a nurse in KwaZulu-Natal before going to Mozambique in 1965, after a brief detention - leaving behind her husband, children and mother.
    On her return in 1991, her husband died and she struggled to put her children through university.
    "We are not 100% free - the economy is still with our oppressors. We like this song [Umshini wami] very much as it revives us; it makes us feel that we still have to fight."
    Much of Mr Zuma's core support has come from his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, but both Mrs Duma and Mr Mathe insist it is wrong to see him as only popular among Zulu voters.
    "This thing of separating us ethnically is something that came with the white people. He is a Zulu right enough but he is a South African more importantly," Mrs Duma says.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] He knows what his people want because he himself has suffered [​IMG]


    Phindi Duma

    For the two Zuma fans it is the word "humble" that best sums up the ANC leader, who received no formal schooling and spent 10 years on Robben Island during the fight against apartheid.
    "We all like him because he talks our language and he knows what his people want because he himself has suffered - if you have never suffered, you really don't know what to do," says Mrs Duma.
    As a man of the people, they both think he is the one person in the ANC who will be able to deliver on his promises.
    "I always answer this question in terms of Brazil, where I was lucky enough to study," says Mr Mathe.
    "When [Luiz Inacio Lula] da Silva took over there, most Americans and Britons thought he was going to destroy the economy, but because he was a down-to-earth person he was able to deliver - look at the Brazilian economy today.
    "Jacob Zuma will do the same, he'll probably surpass him."
    BBC
     
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  2. Mchaga

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    Bravo...
     
  3. Zogwale

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    This was obvious!!!! the law of opportunity cost.
     
  4. Nkamangi

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    I wonder what will happen to the fight against HIV in south africa when Zuma becomes president as it now seems. The fact that the man believes in showering to prevent hiv infection is worrying, very worrying...
     
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    A new populist in the making..
     
  6. Masanja

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    Mkuu,

    Tell us, kabla Zuma hajapata huo urais..hiyo vita against HIV ilipiganwa vipi?

    JZ should be given benefit of doubt. Mbeki alikuwa rais kwa miaka tisa..HIV prevalence ilipungua au iliongezeka kule SA?

    What I have learnt in my life: Media zetu (ndani na nje) zikishaamua kukuhukumu kwamba wewe ni bogus.....basi it will take great courage to redeem yourself as JZ has done. JZ ni mwanaume..I can so say, huyu bwana alivyofukuzwa U-VP na Mbeki..kila mtu alishamtabiria kifo cha kisiasa. Virtually he was seen as dead politically. Ila jamaa ni mpiganaji na wananchi wamemuelewa..

    Huyu jamaa amekuwa crucified..na CNN..BBC..name them..lakini, mpaka leo ameprove kwamba he is better...

    Hili swala HIV lina dimension nyingi....wanaosema kwamba kondom zinasaidia..well. NAHESHIMU MAWAZO YAO. Lakini tujiulize..hivi Tangu tuanze kutumia condoms..HIV victims wanaokufa wanaongezeka au wanapungua?

    Anyway tuyaache hayo...Zuma atahukumiwa kwa rekodi yake. Waliompiga chini Mbeki ndo watamwinua...After all..
     
  7. Zak Malang

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    ANC ni kama CCM tu! Serikali ya ANC ni kama ya CCM! Zuma kaondolewa kwenye ndoano kwa matashi ya kisiasa tu na siyo kwa misingi ya sheria na haki.

    Kama vile ilivyo hapa, tuhuma za ufisadi dhidi yake alizigeuza kwa kuzionyesha kuwa ni kampeni chafu za maadui wake wa kisiasa ambao wanataka kummaliza. Hapa pia tumesikia wanaobebeshwa tuhuma za ufisadi wakitafuta kinga ya namna hiyo hiyo.

    Lini katika Bara letu tutaacha hayo na kuzingatia utawala wa sheria na haki ambapo mtu yoyote ni sawa mbele ya sheria? Hii ni sababu moja kwa nchi zetu hizi kuwa na maendeleo duni kwani wahalifu ndiyo wanashika madaraka -- na kuendeleza uhalifu wao wakiwa humo!
     
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    Viva JZ Viva!!!!

    Huyu mzee..yaani mambo yake utapenda tu!
     
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    At least Zuma believes HIV 'can' cause AIDS, his predecessor (Mr Mbeki) didnt!
     
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    "ANC ni kama CCM tu! Serikali ya ANC ni kama ya CCM! Zuma kaondolewa kwenye ndoano kwa matashi ya kisiasa tu na siyo kwa misingi ya sheria na haki.

    Kama vile ilivyo hapa, tuhuma za ufisadi dhidi yake alizigeuza kwa kuzionyesha kuwa ni kampeni chafu za maadui wake wa kisiasa ambao wanataka kummaliza. Hapa pia tumesikia wanaobebeshwa tuhuma za ufisadi wakitafuta kinga ya namna hiyo hiyo......"


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    Zak: Hapo umenena. wakuu wa siasa hawawezi kamwe kushitakiwa kwa sababu tu tuhuma zao ni kampeni chafu dhidi yao kutoka kwa wapinzani wao wa kisiasa.
     
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    I like JZ the way he tackles issues.He is a man..and he has proved it the hard way.Viva JZ
     
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    sasa tusubiri serekali ya TANZANIA watakavyo wasafisha mafisadi tusubiri tujionee mahakama zetu zitakwenda mbali zaidi hata kuliko south africa
     
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    HIV is a multi faceted problem we all agree but when you have someone as influential as Zuma saying that it can be prevented by a shower huoni kama anaongezea kuni kwenye moto mkali unaowaka tayari?
    The current minister of health is scaling up prevention and treatment services, we do not know how Zuma will influence what is going on when he comes to power.
     
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    "sasa tusubiri serekali ya TANZANIA watakavyo wasafisha mafisadi tusubiri tujionee mahakama zetu zitakwenda mbali zaidi hata kuliko south africa"

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    SONARA: Inawezekana unavyosema. Lakini nashangaa kwa nini supporters na wapambe wa mafisadi wasiige wale wa South Afrika.

    Tangu proceedings za awali kuhusu kesi ya Zuma zilipoanza kusikilizwa, wafuasi na wapambe wake daima walikuwa wanajikusanya nje za mahakama wakiimba, kupiga ngioma na kucheza kumuunga mkono, vitendo ambavyo vilikuwa kero kubwa kwa waendesha mashitaka na mahakimu ambao walikuwa wanalalamika sana mtindo huo wa Zuma.

    Kwa nini hapa wapambe na wafuasi wa mafisadi wasifanye hivyo kwani ni mbinu inayoweza kuwayumbisha mahakimu na kuwaokoa.
     
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    sababu kwa nini wapambe wa mafisadi hawafanyi kama wale wa zuma kiukweli ni kwamba wengi tunaelewa serekali yetu ipo tayari kufanya jambo lolote pale ukifanya mambo ambayo hawayafurahii kulikuwa na kina mzee kolimba hapa mfano mmoja huo ,sasa raia wa kawaida na njaa si ndio kifungo
     
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