Thursday, May 7, 2009

Go Home Mugabe

South Africa has invited Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to attend the inauguration of African National Congress (ANC) party leader Jacob Zuma as the country’s next president. The inauguration takes place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, 9 May 2009.

According to Zimbabwe's independant news agency, ZimOnline, the South African foreign affairs department, which is responsible for inviting foreign dignitaries said that only heads of states can be invited and they had in accordance with state protocol invited Mugabe only and not Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

“The invitations are for heads of states. There is only one head of state in Zimbabwe so the invitation goes to the head of state, that’s it,” foreign affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

It will be up to Mugabe as president to extend the invitation to Tsvangirai.

AfriForum fined for Mugabe posters

JOHANNESBURG - Afriforum was fined on Thursday for putting up “Mugabe, go home!” posters on lamp posts at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the organisation said.

Shortly after putting up the posters, Tshwane metro police removed them and issued a fine to the organisation’s CEO Kallie Kriel.

“The poster-campaign was initiated as a protest against the fact that the human rights violator, Robert Mugabe, has been invited to this inauguration,” Kriel said in a statement.

He said he would oppose the fine in court on June 22.

“It is a bitter irony that a violator of human rights like Robert Mugabe is welcomed into South Africa with open arms, while those who initiate a peaceful protest against it are prosecuted.

“If anyone is to be prosecuted, it should be Mugabe,” Kriel said.

Jacob Zuma will be inaugurated as South Africa’s third democratically elected president on Saturday at the Union Buildings.

- Sapa

Meanwhile, SABC News reported tonight that Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has backed the call by the Swaziland Solidarity Network and others for South Africa not to permit King Mswati III of Swaziland to attend Zuma’s inauguration. Cosatu says Zuma's inauguration is a culmination of a long democratic process in South Africa and therefore leaders who fail to respect democratic principles should stay away from the event. Cosatu's Patrick Craven says they call upon all their members to refuse to provide any goods or services to the King if he should set foot in South Africa this weekend.


ZeroTolerance said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Excellent image - I think I'll steal it (for the greater good of mankind of course) and post it up on my blog. Your site is great, thanks for the link to my blog. Much appreciated ---- keep up the good work, you're doing a fantastic job.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

To Zero Tolerance

Thanks for the compliments and also for linking here from your blog as one of your allies. You’re most welcome to use any images on this blog.

Latest 5 Featured Posts:

Operation Vula, its Secret Safari, and Zuma’s band of comrades - Dec. 2013
During 1986 the ANC launched an underground operation called Operation Vula. A lesser-known fact is that it continued to operate after Nelson Mandela's release in February 1990, and for three years after his speech in August 1990 when he reiterated the total commitment of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe and the SACP to the Groote Schuur Minute.

Heritage Day Photographs (Voortrekker Monument) - Sept. 2013
This posting includes a few photographs taken on Heritage Day 2013. The posting introduces an unusual but beautiful new structure called QUO VADIS? (with the question mark) which I’m sure many readers have never heard of.

The Yellow-Bucket Marula Tree: A Mystery Solved! - Oct. 2013
I came across a rather strange phenomenon one day while travelling along the R561 route between Tolwe and Baltimore in the Limpopo province of South Africa. A small yellow bucket was attached high-up in a branch of a Marula tree, hence the name of this posting. It’s a real funny story which I’m sure most readers will enjoy - as much as I enjoyed compiling the article  - (with illustrations).

Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism - July 2013
Many people (including myself) had almost forgotten about a noteworthy monument in Pretoria that stood at the entrance of the old Munitoria building on the corner of Van der Walt and Vermeulen Streets (now renamed Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Streets). When the Munitoria building was demolished on 7 July 2013 nobody could tell me whether the monument was still standing or not, so I decided to go look for myself.

Remembering The Battle of Delville Wood - July 2013
14 July marks a day when the South African 1st Infantry Brigade got engaged in the 1916 (WW1) Battle of the Somme, in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles. One specific encounter during this battle, known as The Battle of Delville Wood, is of particular importance to South Africa. The posting includes a comprehensive article (with pictures) compiled and written by Petros Kondos.

African Countries (Alphabetical list):
(The links will redirect to the page dealing with the specific country.)