South African President Jacob Zuma Pays Tribute To Meles
President Zuma called Meles Zenawi a "great leader" who had contributed much to Ethiopia and Africa as a whole.
Was President Zuma talking about the same Meles Zenawi, the dictator of an impoverished 10th world nation with no viable economy, no modern infrastructure, rampant starvation, and whose citizens flood South Africa as "Economic Refugees". If he was, then Jacob Zuma either doesn't keep himself up to date on what is happening in the real world, or he is living in a dream.
This bankrupt nation has virtually no private sector business.There are no patent laws. Many properties owned by the government during the previous regime have been transferred to pro-government enterprises in the name of privatisation. Telecommunications remain a state monopoly. In financial services, no foreign banks are allowed and it remains almost impossible to find start-up loans for small and medium businesses. Youth unemployment is estimated to be as high as 70%. (Source Wikipedia - Economy of Ethiopia)
|Starving Ethiopian Children|
One could plausibly argue that the reason why many people in Ethiopia have fallen victims to drought, starvation, and war is undoubtedly, the cause of the current ruling regime’s policy based on controlling and manipulating people both economically, and politically using all means and ways at its disposal (Ethiopia: Is it the drought that causes the deaths or the dictatorial dynasties? - By Caroline Gammell, Telegraph)
Hardly Surprising When...
President Zuma is himself leader of what USED TO BE the ONLY successful nation on the African continent, which is rapidly failing. Youth unemployment in the president's own nation exceeds 70 percent, and total unemployment is over 48% (unofficial sources).
This is the president of a nation whose infrastructure is failing apart... telecommunications has reached the crisis point, economic growth is effectively negative, although the powers that be manipulate figures to make it appear like a small growth. Raw sewage is flooding the rivers and the nation's water supply... Education, well, this is a nation that delivers school books 3 months before the scholastic year ends, and produces less than 1600 matriculants sufficiently schooled in mathematics to cope with first year university maths - out of nearly 1 million scholars in matric! So it's not surprising President Zuma thinks Ethiopia is a great success - it's an independent black African nation, what else matters.
Ethiopia (and the World) Breathes a Sigh of Relief
No doubt, in spite of black African leaders praising the late Meles Zenawi, the majority of Ethiopians will be happy to see the end of this despot. And so will the rest of the CIVILISED world. Clearly, only black African leaders can possibly consider him anything other than a tyrant and dictator