Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Will Kenneth Mubu Become South Africa's Donald Tusk?

In January the Zulu king made comments that could possibly increase anti-homosexual sentiment. Now, a month later, he is accused by Congolese of fanning the fires of xenophobic attacks against immigrants. I fail to see how this helps the ANC. Maybe the King is testing the limits of ANC's goodwill or exploring a divide and rule strategy. Who knows. For a King who is supposedly a mere figurehead, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has a history of deep involvement in South Africa's politics. Let's see how all players will react to his latest adventure into world politics.

Kenneth Mubu, DA's shadow minister of international relations and cooperation, on democracy in Africa, wrote january 26th 2012:
"For South Africa to maintain credibility as a principled voice in international debate, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane needs to speak out against the flawed electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)."
A statement that was, surprise surprise, ignored by the current ANC government. Martin Luther King's phrase "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" comes to mind when you think of ANC's foreign policy of supporting undemocratic "liberators" across Africa. However, Congolese protests against ANC's decision to rubber stamp rigged elections in Congo has finally hit a nerve in South Africa's political landscape:
"Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on Monday criticised Congolese expatriates for their protest march to the National Assembly last week, saying their actions undermined the South African government."
Legitimate questioning of South Africa's foreign policy by Congolese protestors is met with depressing xenophobic ignorance in the comment section of the Sowetan. Anyone who has ever read a Dutch forum on politics will have experienced the deja-vu. While most politicians in Europe seem to follow the logic that immigrant bashing helps their careers (Balkenende, Sarkozy, Cameron), one man has followed the opposite path, Polish prime-minister Donald Tusk.
Donald Tusk, the robin hood of migrant workers in Europe, has demonstrated how a politician can win elections by agressively and consistently striking back hard against xenophobic empty rhetoric. Kenneth Mubu and his DA should carefully study Donald Tusk's strategy.

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