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South Africa President Under Fire

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Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 10:06 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It is no secret that South African president Jacob Zuma has been plagued by scandal throughout his presidency. There have been over 700 charges of corruption against him surrounding his arms deal scandal and yet he seems to be unscathed by the constant allegations.
 
However, every dog has its day and speculations by senior political analyst Stephen Grootes argues whether President Zuma will survive his second term as president, in light of the Nkandla and "spy tapes" scandals.
 
The South African public protector Thuli Madonsela has submitted a report revealing that President Zuma benefited unduly from his more than $25 million upgrades to his private residence called Nkandla.
 
Parliamentary question-and-answer sessions have been held to gain clarity on the matter. The outcomes of these sessions have been less than satisfactory and on occasion have been brought to a halt due to opposition parties (the Economic Freedom Front) protesting, shouting "Pay the money back!"
 
The African National Congress has failed to bring the issue to closure and has responded instead with an offensive against the very public protector that they appointed to root out corruption in the country. Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe accused Madonsela of being a CIA spy, referring to alleged plots by foreign bodies to destabilize South Africa’s political situation and the public protector’s role in aiding these plots as a hidden agenda.
 
According to eyewitness news, U.S. Embassy spokesman Jack Hillmeyer said in a statement that the U.S. categorically rejects the baseless and offensive accusation from the deputy minister and will lodge a complaint through diplomatic channels.
 
Matthew Klynsmith earned a business administration diploma at CTI in Cape Town, South Africa. He now works at Strategic Options as an associate partner. To read more reports from Matthew Klynsmith, Go Here Now.
 
 
 

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