Schlagwort-Archive: politics

From styling to singing

Lindiwe Suttle – singer, songwriter and model – in interview

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

© Lindiwe Suttle, model and singer

Lindiwe Suttle ist eine US-amerikanische und südafrikanische Bürgerin, die einen äußerst bunten Werdegang vorzeigen kann. Die  Stylistin arbeitete anfänglich mit mehreren Superstars wie Beyoncé and Ciara zusammen. Ihre Arbeit war durchaus herausfordernd – sagt sie – da nicht viele VIPs ihre Person in punkto Make-up und Haare verändern woll(t)en. Denn Styling kann letztendlich als Kritik zum eigenen Stil aufgefasst werden. Und dennoch verspürte die Tochter einer südafrikanischen Mutter den Drang nach  kreativer Selbstverwirklichung. Sie arbeitete einige Jahre im US-Modemarketing, kündigte ihren Job und wanderte nach Kapstadt aus, wo sie den Modeeinkauf ausübte. Im Anschluss lebte sie im Rahmen einer Beziehung in Hamburg, welche zerbrach. Diesen Schmerz verarbeitete sie in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Produzenten Benni Dernhoff auf künstlerischer Weise – beginnend als Leadsängerin der Jazz-Hip-Hop-Band „The Collective Imagination“, dann mit Unterstützung des Düsseldorfer Rockmusikers Marius Müller-Westernhagen als Solokünstlerin.

Mittlerweile konnte sich Lindiwe Suttle – eine Powerfrau mit afrikanischen Werten und amerikanischer Prägung – als Sängerin, Songwriterin, Artistin und Model etablieren. Vor allem die Musik, welche sie seit 2007 professionell betreibt, bedeutet ihr sehr viel. Diese bezeichnet sie als „Kern für alles“. In bekannten Magazinen wie Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan oder GQ wurde Suttle abgebildet. Genauso warb sie für die Marke Frazer Parfum, worüber sie sehr glücklich ist. Lindiwe Suttle betont, dass sie eine große Bindung zu ihrer südafrikanischen Heimat hat. Dementsprechend kooperiert sie bewusst mit südafrikanischen Designern wie Lara Klawikowski, Kutloano Molokomme und Cleo Droomer. Auf diesem Wege trägt sie zur Internationalisierung der südafrikanischen Fashionszene bei. Auf die Frage hin, wie man die gesellschaftspolitischen Probleme Südafrikas angehen sollte, beantwortet die Sängerin diese mit einem Angebot an guter Bildung. Für 2012 steckt sich Lindiwe Suttle große Ziele, nämlich die weltweite Aufführung von mindestens 40 Shows zu ihrem Debütalbum Kamikaze Art.

Lindiwe Suttle’s „MAN MADE MOON“ (debut single)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – the German Gateway to South Africa – Ms. Lindiwe Suttle, model and singer. May you please inform the readers where you come from and where you are based at the moment?

Answer: I was born and raised in USA to a South African Mother and an American Father. I was raised with traditional African values in a very American surrounding. I lived a very different lifestyle than my American friends. My mother taught me the values she learned from her grandparents.

I have lived in Cape Town in South Africa for the past nine years. Cape Town is an important city to me and I consider it my home. It is dear to my heart because this is where I launched my music career, which is significant in my life.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You worked in the fashion industry with superstars like Beyoncé and Ciara. Which moment has changed your mind to switch over into self-expression? 

Answer: Being a stylist is a hard job. At the time many films were coming to Atlanta, my hometown. I was lucky singer Beyonce was the first big star I worked with, she was kind and humble to me even with all my beginner mistakes. I worked with other celebrities after her that were a little less forgiving.

The job of a stylist is challenging because everyone thinks they have great style. A makeup artist or hair stylist is seen to have a professional skill but style goes deeper it touches ones character. Not many people are open to changing their personal style like they would a hairstyle or wearing a different shade of lipstick.  Style suggestions are more personal, almost like a criticism to their character. In the end, I realized I excelled best at expressing my own personal style. I use fashion on stage in my theatrical shows, elaborately styled music videos and photo shoots. I love playing with fashion, it’s an expression of all my characters. The music is the core of everything and everything else is just extra to make it more visual.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are known as model, especially in South Africa. Magazines like Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan or GQ have reported about you. What does the South African fashion style represent?

Answer: I have been lucky to model for brands like face of Frazer Parfum and I was the face of the Woolworths beauty campaign. I never took the job as a model serious till I was in front of the camera. I give respect to models, it’s a tough job knowing the right angels for your face.

There is an abundance of talent in South Africa. The challenge now is getting the designers international exposure. I have been a big supporter of local talent since I have lived here. I credit them for getting my into Vogue Italy and helping me win style awards like Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year – Style Icon and the 2010 SA Style Award. I have a great relationship with many South African designers, Lara Klawikowski, Kutloano Molokomme, Cleo Droomer all create costumes for my shows.

© Lindiwe Suttle as part of the Frazer Parfum campaign „Ambassador for Nature“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Additionally to your model job, you are performing as singer. Isn´t it an unusually combination? How could you combine both professions?

Answer: I have been a singer, songwriter and performance artist since I began my music career in 2007. I started out in business and after my MBA I worked in the fashion industry in fashion marketing, merchandising and eventually styling celebrities. I moved out of the entertainment business and moved to SA wanting to focus on my own goals. I worked in fashion buying in Cape Town for a couple of years and I learned a lot about the retail but felt too restricted in the corporate environment. I quit my job and that was when I found music again.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We took notice, that are you in contact with Germans in artistic matters. Which impression do you have of Germany?

Answer: After I quit my corporate job I moved to Hamburg Germany for a relationship that eventually went bad. This relationship was a catalyst for me to starting writing lyrics all inspired by this love gone wrong. I worked in studio for the first time with Hamburg producer Benni Dernhoff. We created me first demo that I took to SA.  I auditioned as lead singer of The Collective Imagination, a jazz-hip-hop band and performed for one and half year with them. I launched my solo career end of 2009. I was discovered by German legend, Marius Mueller-Westernhagen and his wife Romney. They have been my big support in my music career. One year later, Marius connected me with Tim Renner and Motor Music, my management company. Motor Music introduced me to producer, Ivan Georgiev. Ivan and I worked on my debut album, Kamikaze Art all of 2011.

Lindiwe Suttle and the jazz-hip-hop band „The Collective Imagination“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: South Africa is in German media mostly in context with negative headlines. Which are the biggest problems of this young democracy and what should politics and society do?

Answer: I think it is important to redesigning the current educational system to better prepare our youth for a prosperous future in the global market. I would love to  build a free skills training school in each community for all ages. There would be a variety of free classes offered like leadership classes for adults, arts for children, cooking, and sports. I think a good education is the first step to a better South Africa.

© Lindiwe Suttle: „My music comes from the heart and I feel it is the most open and honest I have been about the experiences in my life.“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which dreams in private and professional view would you like to realize?

Answer: My biggest goal in my life is to stay healthy and happy without these two things nothing else can happen in your life. In music, I want to perform worldwide and tour my debut album, Kamikaze Art. My goal is perform at least 40 shows in 2012. I want  to take Kamikaze Art to audiences around the world and have them experience my live shows with me. My music comes from the heart and I feel it is the most open and honest I have been about the experiences in my life.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Lindiwe Suttle, model and singer, thank you very much for this interview.

Nein zur NATO, Ja zu Gaddafi

Warum Südafrika den Westen in der Libyen-Politik nicht unterstützen wollte

(Autorin: Anne Schroeter)

Alles schaut auf Libyen. Nicht nur Deutschland, Frankreich, die USA und die NATO – sondern auch Südafrika. Seit fast drei Wochen spricht die ganze Welt davon, dass die Rebellen bald ihr Ziel erreicht hätten, ganz Libyen unter ihre Kontrolle zu bringen.

Familienangehörige Muhammar al-Gaddafis sind ins Ausland geflüchtet. Vom Despoten selbst, werden nur noch Audiobotschaften veröffentlicht. Niemand weiß, wo er ist. Zunächst kursierten Gerüchte, dass Gaddafi in Südafrika Asyl suchen könnte, diese wurden dort jedoch sofort dementiert. Es wird über eine geplante Flucht nach Niger oder Burkina Faso spekuliert. Militär-Quellen aus Frankreich und Niger geben an, dass ein Konvoi von 200-250 Wagen nach Agadez (Niger) eskortiert wurde. Gerüchten zufolge, soll Gaddafi auf dem Weg ins benachbarte Burkina Faso zum Konvoi dazu stoßen. Burkina Faso hatte ihm vergangene Woche Asyl angeboten.

© Südafrikas Außen- und Wirtschaftspolitik verselbstständigt sich zunehmend vom Westen (Quelle: Sasol/ MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

Südafrikas Präsident Jacob Zuma lehnte die NATO-Bombardierungen von Anfang an ab. Daher nahm er auch nicht an der Libyen-Konferenz in Paris teil. Der Einsatz der NATO würde der Roadmap der Afrikanischen Union für Libyen entgegenwirken. Diese Roadmap bestand schon vor Beginn des NATO-Einsatzes. Sie beinhaltet fünf wichtige Punkte:

  • Der Schutz der Zivilbevölkerung;
  • die humanitäre Versorgung von betroffenen Libyern und anderen afrikanischen Gastarbeitern;
  • der Beginn eines politischen Dialogs mit der libyschen Opposition, mit dem Ziel einen Kompromiss zur Beendigung der Krise zu finden;
  • die Einrichtung eines Übergangszeitraumes und
  • die Verabschiedung und Anwendung von politischen Reformen, die die Forderungen des libyschen Volkes entsprechen würden.

Ein Offizieller der Afrikanischen Union fügte außerdem hinzu, dass die Roadmap auch die Bereitstellung humanitärer Hilfe und den Schutz ausländischer Staatsbürger beinhalte.

Treffen von Jacob Zuma und Muhammar al-Gaddafi (Archiv), Quelle: Euronews

Gaddafi soll die Roadmap akzeptiert haben, die Rebellen dagegen nicht. Sie bestehen darauf, keine Einigung zu akzeptieren, an der Gaddafi oder seine Familie beteiligt wären.

Südafrika hat den libyschen Übergangsrat der Rebellen noch nicht anerkannt. Dies ist insbesondere aus den fünf folgenden Gründen der Fall:

  1. Südafrika hat die Erinnerung eines kolonisierten Afrikas noch nicht überwunden. Es sieht daher die Gefahr einer erneuten Einflussnahme europäischer und westlicher Mächte auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent.
  2. Außerdem versucht die südafrikanische Regierung ihre eigene Bevölkerung wieder auf ihre Seite zu ziehen. Es ist besonders in der Außenpolitik gut möglich, der revolutionären Erwartung wieder gerecht zu werden und eine allgemein anerkannte „anti-westliche“ Politik zu betreiben.
  3. Die eindeutige Haltung Südafrikas im Israel-Palästina-Konflikt, erfordert die Unterstützung der arabischen Staaten. Jede Menschenrechtsverletzung, die dort vorkommt, wird gegen das höhere Gut der palästinensischen Unabhängigkeit gewogen.
  4. Südafrika geht von einer Verlagerung der wirtschaftlichen Macht auf die so genannten BRIC-Staaten (Brasilien, Russland, Indien, China) aus. Man möchte daher mit ihnen zusammenarbeiten, auf gute Partnerschaft setzen und deren Position unterstützen.
  5. Außerdem kommt hinzu, dass Gaddafi sein Geld gerne in anderen afrikanischen Ländern ´ausgibt´. Er soll angeblich Wein-Farmen im Western Cape besitzen, als auch Geld an Politiker und Parteien gespendet haben.

Vor wenigen Wochen hat sich außerdem herausgestellt, dass die südafrikanische Softwarefirma VASTech mit Libyen Geschäfte gemacht haben soll. Sie lieferte angeblich Hilfen zur Überwachung von Telefonverbindungen und zur Feststellung der Beziehung zwischen Anrufer und Angerufenen.

Südafrika ist der Meinung, da die Rebellen Libyen fast komplett kontrollieren, dass die NATO und die führenden Länder in der Libyen-Frage der UNO die Möglichkeit und Aufgabe überlassen müssten, einen demokratischen Übergang und politische Veränderungen einzuleiten und zu unterstützen.

Burkina Faso, ehemalige französische Kolonie, hat Gaddafi Asyl angeboten, erkannte aber auch den libyschen Übergangsrat der Rebellen an. Der Außenminister Burkina Fasos, Yipene Djibril Bassolet, sagte, dass Gaddafi jederzeit ins Land kommen könnte, obwohl Burkina Faso den Vertrag über den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof unterzeichnet hat. Sowohl Gaddafi, als auch sein Sohn Saif al-Islam werden vom Internationalen Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag wegen Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit gesucht. Gaddafis Sprecher Moussa Ibrahim dagegen sagte, dass es Gaddafi gut ginge und er sich frohen Mutes in Libyen aufhalte. Ob Südafrika in seiner Libyen-Politik einen anderen Kurs einschlagen wird, ist anzunehmen, allerdings zum gegenwärtigen Zeitpunkt in der konkreten Ausgestaltung noch nicht abzuschätzen.

Pieter-Dirk Uys – Comedian in interview

„Freedom of speech means we have the right to opinions“

(Editor/ Autor: Serge Aka)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Als Frauen verkleidete Comedians, wie Hape Kerkeling in Deutschland, sind in fast allen westlich-orientierten Staaten vorzufinden; auch in Südafrika. Pieter-Dirk Uys ist am Kap dafür bekannt, dass er sich in die Rolle von impulsiven Damen begibt und mit Zynismus, Ironie und Provokation auf sein Gegenüber einwirkt. Insbesondere um seine Rolle als Evita Bezuidenhout/ Tannie Evita lieben ihn die Südafrikaner.  So stellte er einmal die These auf, dass Frauen zurück in die Küche müssten (siehe das unten abgebildete Video). Der in Kapstadt geborene Comedian kritisierte auf einer literarisch-künstlerischen Ebene das Apartheidregime und machte sich somit zum Gegner der weißen Minderheitsregierung.  Mit Mut und Ehrgeiz engagierte er sich als Evita immer wieder gegen die Apartheid, sodass er eines Tages sogar den  persönlichen Lob von Nelson Mandela erhielt. Mit Berlin verbindet Pieter-Dirk Uys viel Zuneigung, da ein Teil seiner Familie aus der Bundeshauptstadt stammt. Das Erlernen der deutschen Sprache, so verriet uns der Comedian während seines Berlin-Aufenthaltes exklusiv, wird angestrebt, um dessen Shows eines Tages auch in Deutsch anbieten zu können. Wir freuen uns, dass auch diese Person des öffentlichen Lebens den Fragen des Portals „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ zur Verfügung stand.

© Pieter-Dirk Uys - South African comedian with German ties

© Pieter-Dirk Uys – South African comedian with German ties

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ the South African comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys. Mr. Uys, how did you get in comedy? Was it a dream of your childhood or the result of a challenge?

Answer: It was more a challenge to try and fight the fear of authorities and politics, apartheid. There were various ways to fight it and I just thought to fight it with humor might involve many people because a lot of politics was very stupid and needed to be pointed out.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are known as a satirist, who has the gift of gab. You love to play female Characters. Your performance is inspired by desperate first ladies. How do you choose them and what message do you want to communicate?

Answer: Well there are so many interesting women in politics, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel,…I mean there is a sort of really they offer themselves as theatrical characters. I think in this case it is very interesting to look at women in politics, their strength in a world of men, how they use their body language, make-up, hair to get away I think they are very successful in politics and it is very theatrical, I think the audience finds it funny and interesting to see a man suddenly become a female character.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: With your character Evita Bezuidenhout you have criticized during Apartheid the racial segregation between white, black, colored and asiatic. How have the reactions of the government and the white public to your shows been?

Answer: You know the old days I was censored and there was a lot of police harassment to trouble which was expected. In the democracy we have freedom of speech, so within the framework of that I had a very successful career. There are some of the politicians that are uncomfortable with what I say, but that is ok I don´t mind, I don´t particularly want them to be a fan, I mean they give my material and in case they do like what I say they can resign.

Evita Bezuidenhout: „Women should be go back to the citchen“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Don´t you fear for your life?

Answer: No no no, you know I keep on saying if you fear for anything, you can´t tell the truth. If I don´t tell the truth I am going to be fearful because a lie is serious, the truth is serious enough, you don´t have actually to lie more to make it entertain.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In the past, you interviewed the most famous hero of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. He told to you following phrase: „You are one of my heroes“. Which feelings did you have at that time?

Answer: I mean first of all I am sitting in a character as Evita, and there is Nelson Mandela talking to Evita but saying to me you are one of my heroes, I think it was wonderful, it was such a great. The man´s humanity and its humor is extraordinary and I have been blessed with my friendship with him and it is something that changed my life.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: About this friendship, can we say that it is something you have been expecting before?

Answer: Well, for most of his life he was in jail and he was away, but he used to see my videos in prison, there used to show videos on robben island and so, I used to get messages from Winnie Mandela, from Nelson through Winnie. So I was looking forward to meeting him when he came out.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Mr. Uys, you know the public figure Desmond Tutu too. He is still condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestine as „Apartheid“. What is your opinion in this matter?

Answer: Freedom of speech means we have the right to opinions and I think he was right to talk about that aspect, he was very verbal during Apartheid about cultural boycott. I personally was not very convinced about cultural boycott during apartheid, because the culture that was not sent to South Africa was in fact the culture that would have destroyed Apartheid. I was glad that he brought it up, so that the companies of which ninety per cent were young black people had to think about that. How do they feel about going into a place where Palestinians are not allowed to go? But Desmond Tutu always leads in its criticisms and his prayers; he is a very special human being.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: What do you feel when you come to Berlin knowing that your mother is originating from this place? Do you have ties to Germany and German comedians or even a German part-identity?

Answer: I do not have ties to people here other than friends, but I feel very familiar here in Berlin. Having been here many times and doing show here makes me feel well, that is why I want to come and live here for a year and really learn the language, so that I can also perform in German language.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which dreams would you still realize in your private and professional career?

Answer: One of my dreams is to establish my German language to the extent that I can also do a performance here. You know also the year use to have 365 days whereas my year has only two days, today and tomorrow. Today is the most important day and I do not want to look across tomorrow and ignore what today has to offer.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Does it mean you do not plan the future?

Answer: Of course I do plan years in advance but in pencil so that you can rub it out and write again. It is very important to plan but also very important to listen and to see how quickly things go. Look at Egypt, in a week has completely changed from one thing to another. It is very exciting.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: So you live the present?

Answer: Of course.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Pieter-Dirk Uys, South African Comedian, thank you very much for this interview!

Interview with Lesego Rampolokeng

A poet, irresistibly fighting for „a world in which all can breath“

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

An exceptional and critical thinking poet who doesn`t mince words when talking about politics and society –especially the degradation of human dignity. Lesego Rampolokeng was born on 27th July 1965 in Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa. Growing up under the Apartheid system and raised by a catholic family, he formed his very own view on political and social problems in South Africa. He studied Law at the University of the North in the Limpopo Province, but has not followed this path any further. He focused on his poetry which included poems, novels as well as writings for the theatre. He is travelling the world to perform and while doing so he has already worked together with different artists such as Günther Sommer, Julian Bahula, Louis Mhlanga and Souleman Toure. [A list of his work can be found at the end of the interview.]

© Poet and writer Lesego Rampolokeng

Deutsch: If you are interested to read this interview in German, please click on following link: https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/schriftsteller-lesego-rampolokeng-im-interview/.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German gateway to South Africa,  the writer and poet Lesego Rampolokeng. Mr. Rampolokeng, as an artist you have performed and written texts in different ways-you have been doing political rap, poetry and you have also contributed writings to the theatre as for Faustus in Africa in 1995 or the Fanons children in 2001. How would you describe the kind of art you are performing these days?

Answer: Ok, first of all it`s a semantic issue. I don’t perform, I hardly ever see myself performing anything, because for me that presupposes either an extension of yourself or alienation from yourself, an occupation of another space outside of something. There`s never been a line of demarcation between myself and my art. I am my art. I hope that makes sense.

And I wouldn`t actually say that I´ve ever done „political rap„ or even rap itself as a genre. For me what rap is is what we are doing right now. The flowing and floating of lines, thoughts, ideas, communication of multi-ear, mind to mind, you know, these things that swim from the one individual and rattle the brain cells of the other. That for me is being rap. If you put dub or hip-hop break beat to this, it is rap.

So essentially I`ve always seen myself as being a creature of the world and as a social being that I am, I`m also of my society, of my community. Like everybody else I was not hatched ,I was born. I guess some people just spin out of the air, they get dropped from the moon or whatever. So what it means is-if I want to define my reality- that necessarily means I have to engage with the reality of my society.

And there are certain things that stand between me and the celebration of my being, of my humanity. I have to deal with dehumanization, the oppression of one being by another and all of those things: social economic factors, why I could only be born where I was born and not in another place, why I need a visa in order to come to Berlin, why I get pulled out of a queue at Tegel airport, because I got more melanin than anyone else. And I get asked how much money I`m carrying, if I`m carrying drugs……and all of those factors conspire to make me a specific kind of creature-I will suppose distinct to other creatures, but not necessarily more important or less important.

I just hold my own space within the sphere of human light and try to define that .And you cannot truly define your space except in terms that make sense to you, which are political and other things.

When birth is itself a political issue, when death is a matter of politics. If I die here what happens to me is terribly political. If I drop dead here, I hope I don`t, I might very well do that…..every single breath I take is itself defined for me in political terms.

I don’t wave banners, I don’t say vote for XYZ ,because first of all I don’t even believe in the voting box, I don’t believe in voting. I don’t think voting has ever changed anything. I don’t mean politics in terms of party political waves, just the way which we communicate this-human traffic, human flux, the coming and going of human beings

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Let`s come to my second question: You were born in 1965 in Soweto, Johannesburg….

Answer: Unfortuately…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: …. during that time it was the Apartheid system that was ruling in South Africa. The oppression by that racist system appears to be one of the major topics you are dealing with in your poetry. Can you tell me something about this?

Answer: Well, I mentioned before I was born into a specific set of circumstances, so my being was dictated by all those factors you just mentioned now.

One thing that I`d like to clarify would be….I was not born in that time of Apartheid, because I think this is the time of Apartheid too. I can define it differently- but Apartheid as legislated racism, as defined by law-as founding the „statue books„ –that`s actually the only thing that made racism in South Africa different from anywhere else. Because it was legislated, it was legal.

People had met, very intelligent supposedly, together and decided that by the eventual effect that they lacked x-amount of melanin that made them superior to other people. Therefore „blabla„ and they set and raised a systematic devaluation and dehumanization of another sector of society for economic and other reasons.

And so from the moment that-I think even before I was born, from the moment I was conceived-Apartheid had already been at work on my being, on my senses. I guess that is why I`m going through life having one nervous breakdown after another-it`s because of, I would suppose, the measure of racism and religion-because I was brought up catholic and all those other things.

So my writing can only be in terms of the politics and religion that worked on me, the economic factors etc. … And I`m still trying to define myself. You see the thing is I don’t go into writing as a way of explaining myself. For me it`s a quest, ,it`s an attempt to get my world to speak to me and thereby allowing me I guess to understand myself better ,to understand my own shortcomings, perhaps my own prejudices.

Because I am definitely prejudiced against certain kind of human creatures, absolutely.

But I think I wasn’t caught in a time war so I cannot write today like I did 10,15,20 years ago .I`m a social communicator and I will be until I die.

So today I deal with issues that of course came down with Apartheid where we created some kind of buffer zone between the people of real power in the country and the rest of oppressed society in South Africa. I would suppose„ non-white„ all of them.

I won`t necessarily say ,,black„, because ,,black„ comes with a political definition for me. The old man I drew my inspiration from, Mafika Pascal Gwala, my father- well in a matter of speaking he is-said „Black is an energetic release from the shackles of Kaffir, Bantu, non-white.„ That`s what it is.

My friend Lemn Sissay said :´„Black is not what white is not-black is black. That`s it. I`m not defined in my „blackness „in the fact that you are not „black„. Your „being white„ does not make me„ black„. I defined myself as „black„ before.

Anyways. I use all these quotations as part of my piece, at the beginning of my piece „Bantu ghost„ , which I read last year. Steve Biko said:„ The fact that we are all not white does not necessarily mean we`re all black.„ Non-whites exist and are continuing to exist for a long time-but within that world of humanity that was oppressed some of them are black and some are not-even though they might look similar, even though they might have x-amount of melanin all of them-not all of them are ,,black„. The ones who are black are the ones who define themselves…Its an attempt of coming to consciousness of where one is being placed and where one should he going.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You just said that Apartheid is basically not over, it`s just a different form of Apartheid. What do you mean by that?

Answer:  I`m saying there was a specific system of government, it was an ideology that was in place that was referred to as Apartheid. It`s an Afrikaans concept meaning- what they later tried to define as separate development, but a literal translation of it, the one on one translation of it would be „Apart-ness„ ,meaning there is this line of demarcation between these people and those people, this sector of society and that sector of society and it was a „ legal system„.

What I`m saying is while the books might have been scrapped- we might say technically because the constitution has been overturned- then Apartheid does not exist, but Apartheid was not paper. Tearing up paper doesn’t change anything.

The fact that then you have some kind of creation set up in place that is celebrated all over the world and you call that, you make a symbol of it, an icon of it and you get all hypocrites to celebrate it. The same hypocrites that used to insult it ,that fought for it to be kept in place, in jail.

Now out of a sudden these celebrate it and they built monuments to it in England and they knight it and they call it Nelson Mandela. And it goes around waving at all old ladies and the babies etc.

What does that change beyond it being a measure scam perpetrated on the world.

You go to South Africa today and you will see the following: Now they call them informal settlements ,it`s just „shacklands„, supposed what people called derogatorily „squatters„ have proliferated in South Africa. There are more of them now than prior to 1994.There is more human misery and debasement today than there was in South Africa before.

Now when you see such things-some very„ perverted sick minded„ people start accusing you , of wishing to return to Apartheid and I would have to be truly sick to my soul to want something like that. It’s a system of dehumanization-why would I want, why would I wish for my own dehumanization , no. But again that is yet another scan that is meant like the bible to keep people weak.

But ok we are supposed to keep quiet , because now here is this government that was supposedly voted into place by the majority of the people. Well, the majority is not always right. Actually more often than not the majority is wrong. That`s why there are people like us in the world, I guess we are happy, well we celebrate our right to be wrong also. I might be wrong, but I`m happy to be wrong. It is my opinion, however wrong it might be to anybody else.

So essentially the economics of the „thing of state in place„, the power is remained in the hands of the people who held it before. They created this vile concept called Black Economic Empowerment ( „BEE„ )and on the surface this thing is set up as being a system out of which the previously, as they put it, „disadvantaged„ can have access to the sources of the land,. They call them that-and it makes me feel like you are crippled or something like that .

But anyways it’s a major lie, because this first of all this BEE- thing was created by multinationals, by multi corporations, by big capital, which was „white„, big capital. And they created this thing in as a kind of escape route for themselves. They set up this thing and the people who got to believe it were the ones who supposedly had these struggle potentials. They are the ones who`ve become the millionaires today, who are part of this ruling system .And they set all those people up and then the jackals and the hyenas came out to bite and eat and whatever. And I will present these crawlers` face to the world of these supposed darker than grey creatures.

So the system of Apartheid, it is actually more obscene today than it was before. Because before there was no need to lie, the lines were well drawn.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You`ve also studied law….

Answer: …Unfortunately haha…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: What was the reason for you to decide its poetry you want to focus on instead of maybe becoming a successful lawyer?

Answer: Have you ever seen a lawyer who looks like me in the world? I`d be a very unlikely lawyer.

First of all, at no point in my life did I decide to become a poet. This comes without any romanticization –I`m not romantic about it.

At times I wish that I hadn’t walked this path, it was a lone part and i`ve made myself more enemies walking down this path than I would have if I had just become a jackal , a vulture feeding on human misfortune-called a lawyer. I would have made less enemies that way „bloating „myself up

I don’t think that anybody at any point decides to become a poet, you either are one or you are not. Nobody can teach you to write. I don’t believe that writing or poetry can be taught. You got all these professors with 15 degrees, but they themselves cannot write a poem to save their lives.

This is an old image i`ve been using for years and it makes me want to fall asleep whenever I`m saying it.But the truth of it is that I do believe that if my mother falls dead today and they cut her up, they are likely to find my poetry. I`ve created a „mural„,a „uteral mural „which I think is the best kind of poetry anybody could possibly write.

So where I was attempting to study this law thing and even before that I was poet. What you are asking is , I think, is taking a definite break from then when I attempted this ,for me „fake existence„.

You see the thing is when I wrote my very last paper, my final year of university, it was during the times of state of emergency in South Africa. In the mid 80ies, I was becoming a rather frequent visitor to the houses of bondage that I call prisons, detention centers and I wrote my paper and I stood up and walked and never looked back. What I was supposed to have done subsequent to that was to serving another lawyer, learning the trickery roads and then sitting for that final examination. I would have been your Mr. lawyer with maybe a Porsche.

I thought to myself „ok look, you don’t go to look for justice in a court of law, there is no justice in the court of law. If you want the law ok you go to court, if you want justice they take you to the streets. „The court, this is not a place for the acquisition of justice, this is where we interpret the law, it`s not even about truth at all .Or it is not about justice and not about truth , which are the things that define me. I`m in this world to search for it—if neither justice nor truth are to be found in a court of law, what would have I been doing there?!It didn’t make sense for me. I could have lied to myself and said „No, I do this thing„ and I can begin represent my people and sound glorious or whatever.

You know what happened, a few years ago I was proved right anyways in my decision not do law. I was invited to Holland and there was this festival, a beautiful festival in Den Haag. And I think it was 51 poets from 51 different countries…every poet had to read at his embassy. But then I found out that the ambassador of South Africa did not want me to be there…the reason why she had to have me there was because her predecessor had invited me. She listened to half of my reading and then ran away .The worst thing about this is that this woman was during Apartheid times South Africa` s leading human rights lawyer, Priscilla Jana. You get what I`m saying……

You know now I`m hungry, I`m poor ,but I`m cool, I think my conscience is at rest.

However I could only be happy the day the things I`ve set myself against are eliminated. The things that make me wake up in the morning in a perverse, in an ugly ,in an obscene way actually .Because the sun ,the love should be getting you out of bed. I`m woken up by demons and ugly things, the day they seize up to be then I will say i`m happy.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: While doing research about you in preparation for the interview, I read on the internet page ,,www.culturebase.net„ that you ,correct me if i`m wrong, said the following statement about young South Africans in an interview with the Swiss weekly paper 2002 : „Political hip-hop is no longer important to young people in South Africa„. Are young South Africans really not interested anymore in political rap?

Answer: You know that thing makes me so angry, because at no point in my life , unless I`m ready to be locked up in some psychiatric institution, would I say that the young people of South Africa are not interested in political rap. Because it goes further than that thing I think. To give the suggestion that I`m saying supposed political rap is redundant. I would „never ever ever„ say that. First of all, people when it started out did not set itself up as being political, it was party music, young people hijack lighting„ fictures „, you know these street lamps or whatever, and run the electricity from their turntables. As soon as the police comes, they take their stuff and go. In that sense it was subversive-yes. But it did not come out with a political program. It was just young people having fun.

Later you had supposed conscious people coming out like Poor righteous teachers, Public enemy, Boogie down production,KRS1,they came on following the lead of course of the lives of Jill Scott Hanna before them …grabbing the microphone dealing with issues of oppression, of economic, political themes.

Hip Hop is not homogeneous, there are various and different strands of Hip Hop, lots and lots of them. I like the Ghetto-Boys, I love the stories they created there: trying to pull their little ghosts out of the wall..something that one would find in heavy metal, maybe, but they were running it on this „5th ward texas lies„, you know black boys dealing with that stuff.

It is not homogeneous. You got girly Hip Hop, you got Salt and Pepper celebrating their sexuality as females, you know, all of those put together you could say that’s a political broom. That is a political broom. People celebrating their humanity in the midst of „Squalla „.

So at what point could I say the contrary? I, father of generation of MCs, underground MCs, basemental platform in South Africa, I could introduce you to a lot of them, they are very political creatures.

How could I say something else? I never said something like that. This quotation is very misleading.

Unless this person wanted to say that I meant that in this world today you get more people celebrating 50cent,Eminem,LilWayne,Jay-Z as supposed to celebrating Poor righteous teachers, if that’s what they mean, yes, that is very true.

This world celebrates a Lady Gaga. I mean I`m not in the position to judge. I`m not in this world to judge or be judged. If that’s what they want, maybe Lady Gaga fulfills some of their fantasies, I don’t know.

But the fact of it is that more people will celebrate Lady Gaga than they would celebrate Jaco Pastorius, my all time greatest bass player. Very few people know him.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How do you see the current political situation of South Africa? What do you think about Zuma?

Answer: I`m sorry to depersonalize people like that, but essentially this is what is happening. The point is, you just give Zuma a lot of women and music to make him dance. That is what he does. He just wants to dance .He is very very problematic, if you trace down his history to the ANC-camps, in exile…there is a whole lot of intrigues involved, people dying…and these people being mashed on forward.

And the indignity of having Thabo Mbeki, who I don’t have any respect for, but in my opinion he was still cleverer than Zuma. But the indecency of the way which those guys flipped the switched one inn was really embarrassing, it was disgraceful.

And now there is Zuma and Julius Malema, who is president of the ANC Youth League. The sad part of this is that we laugh at this person, but it`s the same story as with Idi Amin. Idi Amin started somewhere, people laughed „Haha„ at him saying he is an idiot….But 500.000 deaths later, nobody is laughing. Nobody is laughing. That is the state of South Africa right now.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You have already been several times to Germany. In 1998 you even stayed for a few months at the Solitude Castle in Stuttgart. How do you like Germany and what is the reason for you of coming back so often? Did or do the experiences you make here influence you or your poetry in some way?

Answer: Obviously every single moment of my life influences me, every moment leads onto the other, whatever kind of engagement, whatever kind of contact I have with human beings. Not just even people only, every single creature on this planet, in this universe influences how I view.

First of all, having been to South Africa, you will know that however established South Africa might be ,that before Joseph Cotton, Bounty killer, whoever, …before they dream of coming to South Africa, they come to Germany first. They will definitely perform in Berlin, they will perform 20 times in Berlin, before they even imagining going down to South Africa.

So my engagement with the things that I celebrate ,that I love…books …South Africa got a few literature outlets, but in the whole of Johannesburg you can actually count the book shops in the entire city. How many millions of people live in the west of Johannesburg, well it`s east towards the airport, but the only book shop would have to be „exclusive books„ which is a capitalist set up, they will have Dan Brown books, they won`t have any of the people I celebrate, they won`t even have Pasolini. It`s not even a euro-centric kind of set up, no, they won`t have any seriously engaging literature for me there. So if I want something like that I have to come to Germany. In South Africa what do I do?

When I go around the world I pick up whatever it is, I engage with it, I battle with the world`s realities, I go back and I share it with the people I love, I celebrate, the people I want to help push forward along with me. I`m no leader, no, I`m part of a pack, but I`m hoping that whatever experience it is I can share with my people, they can share with me their experiences and together we can move forward.

That’s why I came back. I got invited. I came to Humboldt-University, it is a fine place to come to. I get to read at my embassy. I want to see if they will also behave like the dutch counterpart.

In 1998 I came to Solitude Castle in Stuttgart, because I needed time and space to write. It was a residency, it was a writer`s set up. You got composers there, video artists, graphic artists. It`s an annual thing.

But it made me realize one thing. Namely that I maybe need to hear somebody screaming at some point, I need to hear a car screeching around…before I can create.

I had a nervous breakdown there. It was so quiet there. Even the birds seemed to be uneasy about chatting in the morning: „ Oh, let`s not disturb the artists„. They call it solitude for a reason, really. I felt like Alice in Wonderland there. It`s a castle, every Saturday people come to get married there. You never see anybody.

If I wanted to be in a bar and check out the local talent or get myself checked out, if anybody bothers… I had to take the bus for about 25 minutes to get to the city of Stuttgart, just to have a beer. And then take the bus back. But at eleven the bus is run out.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You have travelled the world and performed in many countries. Plus you have worked together with various artists like Julian Bahula, Soulman Toure, Loius Mhlanga and Günther Sommer. Have you ever expected to become that successful and what are your aims and dreams for the future?

Answer: You know Bob Dylan explains the issue of success very well, he says a successful person is one who wakes up in the morning, is able to wake up in the morning and is able to go to bed at night, and in between that the person does what it wants to do, it chooses to do. That`s success. It has nothing to do with money or whatever. It has nothing to do with striking silly poses in front of a thousand cameras. For me that`s not the measure of success.

I will say I`m successful the day whatever it is that stands for the dehumanization and oppression of one sector of humanity by another, one person getting oppressed by the rest of humanity, the day no child, no child dies of malnutrition or preventable diseases ,the day no American can say:„ Oh ,oh this apple fell on my head, how can it fall on my head, I`m American! No this can`t happen to me, I`m American„ ,the day there is an end to that stupid stuff, the day it makes the same, the same kind of sense or non sense to get a child`s head exploded in Gaza ,a child getting its brain „packed out„ in Somalia, the day things fall in line like that, the day it is as wrong ,as wrong to brutalize somebody, because their sexuality is not yours, the day nobody is downtroddened, because they choose to bow in front of a different god to those who have got power, that’s where I will say: I`m successful, I helped create a world in which all can breathe. That`s it.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to thank to writer Lesego Rampolokeng, one of the most socio-critical voices of South Africa, for this interesting interview on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. We wish you much success for the future and only the best!

List of writings/Liste der Werke of/von Lesego Rampolokeng

– Horns for Hondo (COSAW, 1990)

  • Talking Rain (COSAW, 1993)
  • End Beginnings (Shifty CD with the Kalahari Surfers, 1993)
  • Writing for the play:„ Faustus in Africa„(1995)
  • Rap Master Supreme – Word Bomber in the Extreme (1997)
  • End Beginnings (German Translations) (Marino, 1998)
  • Blue V’s (German Translations with CD) (Edition Solitude, 1998)
  • The Bavino Sermons (Gecko Poetry, 1999)
  • Fanons children in 2001
  • The h.a.l.f. ranthology (CD with various musicians, 2002)
  • Blackheart (Pine Slopes Publications, 2004)
  • Whiteheart (deep south publishing, 2005)
  • Participation in the documentary „Giant Steps„ about revoloutionary poets ,
  • directed by Geoff Mphakati and Aryan Kaganof (2005)

Quellen/Sources:

Interview mit/with Lesego Rampolokeng 09.11.2010

http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?279

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesego_Rampolokeng

Gareth Cliff about „kleptomania“ in government

TV star about his disapointment in South African politics

(Autor/ Editor: Martin Hiebsch)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Gareth Cliff ist in gewisser Weise das südafrikanische Gegenstück von Dieter Bohlen. Er ist im TV-Business aktiv, sitzt als Juror bei der Fernsehshow „Idols“ (= DSDS) und äußert sich gerne provokativ und ziemlich hart. Einen Unterschied gibt es jedoch – Gareth Cliff kritisiert auch die Politik des Landes, die ANC-Elite um Präsident Jacob Zuma. Die Eigenbereicherungen, die fehlende Motivation der Politiker die Probleme Südafrikas wie HIV/ AIDS, Korruption, Arbeitslosigkeit, Kriminalität oder Armut anzugehen, sind ihm ein gewaltiger Dorn im Auge, sodass er einen offenen Brief an die Regierung verfasst hat. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ konnte mit Gareth Cliff dessen Brief sowie seine Wahrnehmung von Deutschland erörtern.

© Gareth Cliff, Entertainer

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Hello Gareth Cliff and welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“! Your “letter to the government” kicked off a wave of reactions and was read thousands of times. While you were quite popular in South Africa before, but now you have become famous in many other countries too. Did you expect this result?

Answer: No, I simply put into writing what I am sure many South Africans feel. The government needed to be told some cold, hard truths.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In your letter you talk about very well-known problems in your country such as the bad education policy, corruption, unemployment and poverty. Like many others, you criticize the government for doing more for themselves than for the people. Why do you think the reputation of the current government is so bad? And why do people have the feeling that their elected representatives can not solve the problems of South Africa?

Answer: There seems to be a bout of kleptomania going on in government, and I blame the ANC’s policy of deployment – where the party deploys loyal cadres to powerful and important positions without consideration to the job that needs doing, the qualifications of the person being deployed, or the urgency of the task. Too many of those people then occupy the position with a sense of entitlement and pillage the office of any value.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you think that another government could solve problems like unemployment or the HIV-epidemic? In your opinion, what has to change within the South African society to approach those problems?

Answer: I think most governments try to address societal problems, even ones that are not of their doing. I’m not interested in ANOTHER government. This is the one we have got, and we deserve more from them. Having said that, civil society isn’t playing enough of a role. South Africans are apathetic and expect government to solve all their problems for them. We need to meet them halfway.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: People express their resentment in strikes and protests. Do you think that the situation could escalate sometime in future? If not, what is your picture of the country in, lets say, 10 years?

Answer: Yes, I imagine that if these problems are not urgently addressed, people will become violent, rebellious and ungovernable. New leaders will emerge and threaten national stability and the government of the day. All the more reason to take these issues very seriously indeed.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Lets leave South Africa and get on to the topic of Germany. Name three things, you think of, when you hear the word Germany!

Answer: Friedrich der Große; Wagner, beer.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As a South African, you are probably not a soccer fan. Soccer is huge in Germany! Did you follow the performance of the German Team during the World Cup 2010?

Answer: I’m a huge soccer fan. I have been watching the World Cup since 1990 and have not missed a single game. I think Germany were fantastic and most unlucky to lose to Spain when they did.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: The audience of your breakfast show is growing fast and you are getting more and more popular. Are people recognizing you on the street and do you like to get recognized?

Answer: Ha ha ha. Yes, but having been on TV for ten years means I’m not shocked or surprised anymore.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You got famous through a radio program. Do you want to stay at your broadcaster 5FM or could you imagine switching to a TV channel?

Answer: Well I think one can do both.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Gareth Cliff, entertainer and presenter, thank you very much for this interview!


Website of Gareth Cliff:

http://www.garethcliff.com/

WikiLeaks veröffentlicht Berichte südafrikanischer US-Vertretungen

Thabo Mbeki ist ´überempfindlich´ und Jacob Zuma ein ´Populist´

(Autoren/ Editors: Robert I., Ghassan Abid)

Auch aus der US-Botschaft Pretoria und dem Generalkonsulat in Kapstadt wurden nun von der viel diskutierten Website WikiLeaks sogenannte „Kabel“, also Berichte US-Amerikanischer Botschaftsmitarbeiter an die Zentrale in Washington, veröffentlicht. Die älteste bisher veröffentlichte Depesche aus Südafrika stammt vom 17.01.1990, die jüngste vom 08.12.2009 (Stand 15.12.2010). Insgesamt wurden bisher sieben Kabel aus der US-Amerikanischen Botschaft in Pretoria veröffentlicht und zwei weitere aus dem Konsulat in Kapstadt.

© Logo von WikiLeaks

Der überwiegende Teil enthält Einschätzungen zu südafrikanischen Politikern und Parteien. So wird in einer Depesche vom 15. September 2009 berichtet, dass südafrikanische Minister und hohe Beamte 4 Millionen US-Dollar für Luxuswagen ausgegeben haben:

„In recent months government Ministers and senior officials have spent roughly 4 million USD on luxury vehicles. Although the spending is in accordance with the Ministerial Handbook and no regulations have been broken, the public outcry has been enormous.“

Dies verstoße zwar nicht gegen die einschlägigen Richtlinien (nach denen wären, laut einer Berechnung der Oppositionspartei DA, bis zu 32 Millionen US-Dollar für 220 Wagen möglich), zeige aber, so die Einschätzung der Diplomaten, die Probleme des regierenden ANC, einerseits zumindest rhetorisch die Interessen der armen Bevölkerung zu vertreten, sich aber auf der anderen Seite selbst ein luxuriöses Leben auf Staatskosten zu genehmigen. Dies zeige ein Glaubwürdigkeitsproblem des ANC, gerade in Zeiten wirtschaftlicher Rezession:

„In light of the global economic crisis, and the fact that many South Africans lack access to basic services such as water, sewage, electricity and garbage removal, there is a renewed public awareness and discontent over excessive government spending.“

Außerdem sind die Diplomaten darüber besorgt, dass der Kampf gegen Korruption in den unteren Verwaltungsebenen ins Leere laufen könne, wenn die Regierung ein solch schlechtes Vorbild abgebe.

Vergleichbar mit deutschen Spitzenpolitikern, insbesondere jenen der FDP, wird auch mit südafrikanischen Politikern in der Beschreibung ihrer Charaktereigenschaften nicht zimperlich umgegangen. So fehle es laut einer Depesche aus dem Jahr 2001 dem damaligen Präsidenten Mbeki an der Fähigkeit, Kritik zu akzeptieren und kollegial mit anderen zusammenzuarbeiten. Es sei es eine Herausforderung für US-Diplomaten, mit dem „überempfindlichen“ Mbeki umzugehen. In Anbetracht seiner Wichtigkeit auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent sei es jedoch dringend geboten, ihn möglichst schnell nach Washington einzuladen, um einen „konstruktiven Dialog“ zu beginnen. Die Diplomaten bedauern aber, man könne leider nicht vorhersehen, wann Mbeki seine „irrationalen Anwandlungen“ bekomme. Zumeist sei er aber ein vernünftiger und fähiger Ansprechpartner.

Hingegen thematisieren US-Diplomaten in einer Depesche vom 12. Mai 2009 den Werdegang des aktuellen Präsidenten Südafrikas, Jacob Zuma. In ihm spiegelt sich die Popularität wieder, da er sich einerseits sehr verbunden mit der Zulu-Tradition fühlt und andererseits die Konflikte zwischen ANC-Anhängern und der Zulu-Oppositionspartei Inkatha Freedom Party im Großen und Ganzen vermeiden konnte:

„Though sporadic outbreaks of Zulu-ANC violence occurred up until 2009, the intensity, frequency, and number of deaths have reduced to a very small fraction compared to the early 1990s. This achievement remains one of the most important bases for Zuma’s stature, popularity and support among the ANC rank and file.“

© Thabo Mbeki als "smartest and most effective political leader; hypersensitive; intelligent" (Quelle: Wikimedia)

© Jacob Zuma als "populist; dignified underdog; used smart aggression" (Quelle: The Presidency/ MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

Dank seiner großen Anhängerschaft bei Bevölkerung, ANC, ANC-Jugendliga (ANCYL), der Gewerkschaft COSATU und Kommunistenpartei SACP, konnte Zuma sämtliche Prozesse gegen ihn (v.a. den Vergewaltigungsvorwurf und die Korruptionsfälle) sowie die mediale Schlammschlacht um seine Person „verwunderlicherweise“ erfolgreich abwehren. Allerdings betrachten die Amerikaner die ihm nachgesagte sehr linkspolitische Ideologisierung mit Besorgnis. Der ANC-interne Konflikt zwischen den Lagern um Jacob Zuma und Thabo Mbeki hat die US-Botschaft in Pretoria mit großem Interesse verfolgt. Klar ist, so die Vertretung, dass mit dem ANC-Parteitag in Polokwane vom 17. Dezember 2009 der Abstieg von Mbeki und der Aufstieg von Zuma seinen endgültigen Höhepunkt erreicht hat.

„Zuma is known as a populist whose rise occurred in partnership with leftist constituencies in the ANC. Mbeki believed that a Zuma presidency would be a disaster for South Africa and would split the ANC. Zuma’s supporters counter-claimed that Mbeki was a disaster for the poor and he was the one splitting the party, creating a strong presidency that acted without reference to party instruction.“

Weder die Diplomatische Vertretung der USA, noch die Presidency Südafrikas haben zu den Depeschen bisweilen Stellung genommen.


Website von WikiLeaks mit US-Depeschen aus Südafrika:

http://213.251.145.96/origin/45_0.html

2010sdafrika-Artikel zu WikiLeaks-Erkenntnissen über ANCYL-Präsidenten Julius Malema:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/julius-malema-albtraum-fuer-suedafrika/

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