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As a spokes person of Pres.Thabo Mbeki this line of thinking is not quiet common and understandable. But does it really holds water? I don’t think so. South Africa has become a home of despots, dictators and murderers. We give refuge to leaders who, because of their past positions in governments,have committed the most heinous crimes in their countries against their citizens. What Al Bashir is accused of isn’t a crime of shoplifting. It’s a crime against humanity. Genocide. I have never heard any African leader encouraging Al Bashir to hand himself to the ICC,just like the way President Kenyatta of Kenya did. Africa cannot continue to harbour criminals masquarading as Presidents and leaders of the people. If Africa is to become a role player in world politics, Africa must then begin to take itself seriously. And the better way to do that is to isolate people like Al Bashir and make them account for their deeds. South Africa signed the ICC agreement and there’s no amount of intellectualism that can convince any African who knows the pain of living under the brutal regime like that of Al Bashir, that Al Bashir doesn’t deserve to have his day in court. If Africans, because of South Africans call to have Al Bashir arrested feel hard done by this call and want to severe ties with us, so be it. SA must dictate the way forward with regard to how Africa should drive the Agenda for change and reform in as far as governance is concerned through the AU. As it is now, SA is spending millions to keep the AU going. Why then not take charge of in leading reform in Africa? If our peacekeeping mission in Sudan and other countries is not appreciated, then it’s time our armed forces come home to spend time with their families. We can’t use our resources to protect and harbour criminals and killers who are supposed to be protectors of ordinary people on the ground. Arrest Al Bashir and let him have his day in court and prove his innocence. Period.

Mukoni Ratshitanga

There are many reasons why South Africa would be ill-advised to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. These include, but are not limited to:

  • placing our bilateral relations with Sudan, some of her neighbours and the wider Muslim world in harm’s way. South Africa currently has thousands of police and military personnel serving under the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur, Sudan. We must visualise likely scenarios of what might befall these South Africans were we to arrest President Bashir. This means considering something which regrettably does not come naturally and easily among sections of South African society, i.e. the national interest;
  • weakening and dividing instead of strengthening the African Union and promoting continental unity. President Bashir is in South Africa at the invitation of the AU, which does not have sanctions over him. Arresting him would serve to weaken and divide the AU because it would imply that we are…

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Now that the dust has settled with regard to violent attacks against foreigners by some air heads criminals here in South Africa, we then need to make a clarion call to African leaders without sounding xenophobic. Firstly we should examine why we have so many foreign nationals in SA than any other African country. It goes without saying that the continent has produced, and is continuing to produce despots and tin pot dictators whose interests is their pockets. Once leaders become greed,the people on the ground suffer and later become economic migrants. Others because of their opposition to the powers that be, are driven out of their countries and seek asylum elsewhere. In most instances, SA becomes their destination because of opportunities available here. But it’s also a fact that SA has also its problems that its citizens are expecting the government to resolve. Inequality and lack of basic services are a problem facing us. Corruption is endemic. Companies start employing foreigners cos they are not unionised and can take any salary the employer pay without them complaining. For them it’s the survival of the fittest. This is where anti African sentiments starts. SAns view fellow Africans with suspicion and hatred develop. Where’s the root of the problem? It started when an elected president started to become greed. When he banned opposition parties cos they are opposed to the way their countries are being governed. It started when government officials started looting the public purse without any fear of prosecution. It started when the countries’ ekonomies was bastardised and raped by politicians. The end of it is painful and cowardly. Its time dictators go or are forced to vacate their seats. Xenophobia should partly be blamed on leaders who have no interest of their countries at heart.

The race for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission is on. South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is pitted against Gabon’s Jean Ping. Already there are allegations that France has an interest in securing a second five year term for Ping. This allegation as expected is refuted by the French diplomats.

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The senseless killing of innocent lives in Nigeria has to stop. The regime of Goodluck Jonathan is quickly running of ideas while the country is burning. Boko Haraam, the Muslim millitant ochestrating the killings in Nigeria has made it clear that they are unstoppable. True to their promises, the killings continues amid the declaration of the state of emergency by the Nigerian government. What now Mr Jonathan?

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The African Cup of Nations has started wth a bang. So far we have seen some of the exciting football, but it still have2live to its expectations. Hopefully other matches to come will be a live wire.

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