Former South African President Jacob Zuma, splashed in scandals that led to his forced resignation in 2018, will be tried for bribery in relation to a 20-year old arms deal involving the French group Thales. Zuma, who was in power from 2009 to 2018, is being prosecuted for corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to a huge armament contract worth 30 billion rands (or about $2.5 billion at the current rate) awarded in 1999.
Five people were killed in a wave of xenophobic violence that has rocked South Africa since Saturday. The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the attacks, calling them “totally unacceptable.” Close to two hundred suspected perpetrators of the attacks and looting have been arrested.
Jacob Zuma, former South Africa president ended his cooperation Friday with a corruption investigation focused on his time in office, saying it was biased. Zuma 77, testified since Monday before the commission to shed light on the many scandals that have tarnished his presidency (2009-2018) and forced him to resign a year and a half ago.
In court testimony, Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejects allegations of crimes and claims to be the target of conspiracies to get him out of the picture. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government. Zuma denied a number of accusations against him on Monday. He said that for years he has been the target of conspiracies and attempts to destroy his reputation.
When the officials in Iran were interviewed recently they were asked: Why do you want to destroy Israel? Iran continuously publically states there intention to destroy Israel and wipe Israel off the face of the map. This is also the wish of Hamas and Jihad in the Gaza Strip. This official in Iran answered to this question, “Israel is an apartheid state. We were also against the apartheid state in South Africa.
Apartheid began in South Africa in 1948 when the National Party was elected in office. The National Party government classified all South African people into three races and developed rights and limitations for each.
By Friday, the Independent Electoral Commission had finished counting the ballots in South Africa’s sixth general election since the end of Apartheid. As expected, the African National Congress extended their quarter-century in power with a substantial, yet reduced, majority. What was not expected was both the extent of their reduction, and the subpar performance of at least one opposition party. The new National Assembly will present a fresh set of challenges to President Cyril Ramaphosa and his reform agenda.
In political science, a democratic transition is said to have been completed once at least two parties win elections. If that’s the case, the end of Apartheid twenty-five years ago merely marked the replacement of one dominant-party state by another. Since vanquishing the National Party— and white minority rule— in 1994, the African National Congress has won five consecutive elections, and governed alone. On Wednesday, the ANC will make it six in a row, and a full term for South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
- With plenty of bargains up for grabs, shoppers can get impatient and even aggressive as they hit the high street. In their quest to snap up a bargain, shoppers at a South Africa mall were seen breaking into a store as staff tried to keep them out.
- Scuffles broke out amid chaotic scenes at one store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where crowds of bargain hunters scrambled to get their hands on cheap televisions. There was Black Friday disruption elsewhere in Spain, when Workers at Amazon’s biggest logistics centre in the country went on strike.
- Two men brawled in the aisle of a Walmart on Thanksgiving evening. It’s not clear what the tussle was over, but women jumped in and cursed them out. Shoppers bypassed the orderly arrangement, jumping over railings. A worker could be seen pushing consumers back, but that didn’t deter some who wanted a deal.
- A 21-year-old gunman was shot dead by police after opening fire at a busy Alabama mall on Thursday night. It started when the gunman got into a fight with an 18-year-old boy. The gunman opened fire, injuring the 18-year-old and a 12-year-old girl who was nearby, then fled. Both victims were taken to hospitals and are expected to survive.
- MAP: States with the highest risk of Black Friday violence.