5 July

When ignorance is dangerous. Our former disgraced president, Jacob Zuma.

From Wikipediaold news:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Zuma_rape_trial

Jacob Zuma, the former President of South Africa and former president of the governing political party, the African National Congress (ANC), was charged with rape in the Johannesburg High Court on 6 December 2005. On 8 May 2006, the Court dismissed the charges, agreeing that the sexual act in question was consensual. During the trial, Zuma admitted to having unprotected sex with his accuser, whom he knew to be HIV positive, but claimed that he took a shower afterwards to cut the risk of contracting HIV. This statement has been condemned by the judge, health experts, AIDS activists and the public in general.

Current news:

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-07-03-jacob-zuma-makes-first-public-appearance-in-nkandla-as-his-son-vows-there-will-be-bloodshed/

“The presence of regiments of traditional Zulu warriors (amabutho) at Nkandla on Saturday to stop authorities arresting former president Jacob Zuma was “unsanctioned” and a “clear act of defiance”.

This is according to traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch and nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

On Saturday, amabutho arrived in large numbers and bolstered uMkhonto weSizwe Veterans Association members who have for months formed an impromptu guard in defence of Zuma as the Constitutional Court weighed its decision on the former president’s defiance of an order to appear before the state capture commission.

Last week the apex court ordered that for his defiance of the court order, which was accompanied by an assault on the integrity of the court and its judges, Zuma was given five days to hand himself over to authorities to start a 15-month prison sentence.”

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-07-04-zulu-regiments-actions-in-support-of-zuma-a-clear-act-of-defiance-of-the-king-says-buthelezi/

It shows the mentality of this man. It also shows the mentality of his supporters. Cyril Ramaphosa, our current president, is working hard at restoring the credibility of South Africa in the international arena as well as ferreting out corruption in this country. We had Zuma as our president for nine whole years, a discredit to our nation. He thinks he is above the law but he isn’t. We are in a Stage 4 lockdown and one of the rules is that all indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited. This includes religious and social gatherings. And there he is…all bullies hide in the crowd. Hasn’t he done enough damage?

May justice for South Africa prevail.

I wonder if the Guptas are going to invite him to join them in Dubai. It could take a while for them to be extradited to South Africa.

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Something more peaceful, my ‘alone’ walk on the Sea Point promenade yesterday. Even though gyms are closed we are still allowed to go for walks. It was freezing and the clouds were threatening to cry and it would have been so easy to drive back home but cabin fever was setting in and I needed some escape. It was worth it, as always, as I watched the sea, the sky, the sunrise, and the birds. The little white egret was there amongst the seagulls and gannets, standing on the rocks, feeding. I felt at peace. For me, if there is god or religion, this is it. Nature, earth, the Universe.

A photograph of a Little White Egret which I took when I was living in Zimbali Coastal Forest Estate and whom I named Bianca, meaning white in Italian. Such a lovely bird with yellow ‘shoes’.

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From Laura, 5 July 2009. Miss you my beautiful…

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