I'm pretty f***ing relieved right now : https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/cyril-ramaphosa-is-the-new-anc-president-mabuza-his-deputy-20171218
The ruling party of South Africa just elected its new leader, and Cyril Rampahosa
just won instead of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
. For the first time in my life I am actually cautiously optimistic for the future of the country. It's an incredibly weird feeling. Cyril isn't the best choice for president but he's the strongest one yet to challenge the, as of a few hours ago, previous president Jacob Zuma
. The previous guy that went up against him and lost was Kgalema Montlanthe
who would be my first choice for president of the country.
I think almost the entire country is sighing a collective sigh of relief. Why? Because there's a hope that the Zuma faction's time might finally be coming to an end, hopefully with massive arrests in the future. Why does everyone hate the bastard? There's a painting that will give you a surprisingly accurate idea, but I'm not going to link it. It is borderline disgusting pornography. But it's accurate. Just google : 'Ayanda Mabulu zuma gupta painting'
Basically the sack of shit has been selling the country to a rich busy family from India, the Guptas. Here's a political cartoon about it by a famous local cartoonist: https://citizen.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2017/04/Zapiro-759x537.jpg?x68991
(They guy with the showerhead is Zuma and the guy undoing is pants is a Gupta brother)
The family has (hopefully had) so much influence that they used the country's main military airbase to fly in wedding guests for a Gupta wedding (and the wedding it seems was paid for by the government as well). And even more damning, the previous deputy minister of finance came forward with allegations that he was offered the role of minister of finance by the guptas for something like 30 million dollars if he would agree to work with them. Let that sink in : a business family offered the position of minister of finance of South Africa to someone.
Let's see what else? Oh right, the Guptas it seems even financed a race-baiting social media campaign to stir up racial tensions and divert attention away from themselves and the rapidly growing catchphrase 'state capture' aimed at them and Zuma. Luckily this was discovered and caused the collapse of the PR company that designed the campaign : http://time.com/4926830/bell-pottinger-jacob-zuma-guptas-racism-scandal
And then there is Zuma being hellbent on bankrupting the country through an obscenely expensive deal with the Russians to build nuclear reactors in South Africa. The government even helped the Guptas to acquire a Uranium mine to, I would guess, supply uranium for these reactors down the line.
Then of course there is the over 700 corruption charges that he had on him before he appointed as head of the National Prosectution Authority someone who simply dropped the charges.
And not to even mention the incredibly damage that was done to the country's economy, image and race relations during his reign. God damn the asshole. I'll be able to die happy if I can just see these guys thrown into prison.
The best part? Check out the piece of shit's reaction when he heard Cyril won : https://twitter.com/NickolausBauer/status/942803526199271425
It's not all sunshine and roses though. It seems a possibly horrible person was voted in as vice president, and Zuma still has tons of loyalists in government. In fact he is still president of the country until 2019, that is unless the ANC recalls him. That is what we are all hoping for right now. Cyril will now have to play his cards extremely well.