sábado, 10 de abril de 2010

A África do Sul africaniza-se

"The event took place in Zimbabwe, and involved, as fate would have it, Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League leader whose repeated singing of an old struggle song about shooting Boers is viewed by many Afrikaners as an incitement towards precisely the sort of violence that claimed Terreblanche's life. Even as an iron bar shattered the old right-winger's skull, Malema was in Harare, feasting with Robert Mugabe and picking up tips on how best to destroy the teetering remnants of Western influence here in South Africa. Terreblanche's murder was an individual tragedy. Malema's actions threaten to destroy an entire subcontinent.

Julius Malema is a chubby man-child who rose to prominence as Jacob Zuma's attack dog, threatening violence against anyone who sought to block the Zulu patriarch's rise to the state presidency. When Zuma emerged triumphant, Malema found himself in the pound seats. A poorly educated 28-year-old, he mysteriously acquired two posh houses, a fleet of cars and an obscenely expensive Breitling watch – curious accessories for a man who positions himself as champion of the poor."

Em poucos outros case study se pode observar com tanta clareza a importância de um Homem excepcional, como foi Nelson Mandela, no destino de um estado. Superando as melhores expectativas, pela sua mão a África do Sul tornou-se um enclave de (relativa) estabilidade e reconciliação num continente onde ambas escasseiam. Na sua ausência, assiste-se à progressiva e lenta mugabização do partido por ele fundado.

Se fazer sapateado na sua lápide era o que queriam, podiam pelo menos tê-lo deixado morrer em paz.

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