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ANC is apartheid incarnate, warns cleric Allan Boesak

 

Adriana Stuijt

Theology professor Allan Boesak of South Africa, the fiery liberation cleric and former anti-apartheid campaigner, has resigned his lifelong membership of the African National Congress party - accusing the ruling party of being 'apartheid incarnate'.

Boesak, see video interview above, joined the breakaway Congress of the People party and now stands as COPE 's candidate for the Western Cape premiership in the forthcoming April 22 national election.

In his usual fierce style, speaking to a large crowd in Beaufort West north of Cape Town, the charismatic Boesak accused his old party of 'not delivering most South Africans out of the social inequity of apartheid."

This lifelong civil rights campaigner has fought against apartheid all his life. The Dutch Reformed Church theologian was working as a student-pastor at the University of the Western Cape in Bellville South near Cape Town during apartheid, and lived under a constant cloud of fear and distrust with his family, watched night and day by the security forces.

Outspoken:
Boesak also is known for his popularity among the Western Cape ‘s rural voters, and is known internationally as a South African apartheid-campaigner - even when his name was sullied by a very public divorce, and a criminal case in which he was found guilty of stealing church funds. His many faithful supporters have always believed that these charges for which he was imprisoned, had been orchestrated by his political opponents.
He is concentrating his campaign on rural voters in the Western Cape, where he has a large following.

“ANC is the old apartheid-regime incarnate”
Boesak said on Saturday in a speech at a COPE meeting in Beaufort West, north of Cape Town, that the African National Congress "has failed the majority of our people and have become the old regime incarnate."

This week, Boesak accused the ANC of abandoning its revered Freedom Charter -- the platform on which the ANC had gained overwhelming voters' support and hegemony of South Africa in the 1994 national elections.

The Freedom Charter is characterized by its opening demand; "The People Shall Govern!" Boesak noted - adding that ''the Freedom Charter was a promissory note to all South Africans that one day all the people of our country would live together, work together and prosper together.

"The ANC however has failed the people and remains ignorant of the mandate set by the people more than half a century ago."

Boesak accused the ANC of not providing for human rights such as delivering running water or housing to vulnerable communities while their own elite have benefited.

"The ANC's laws of Black Economic Empowerment and affirmative action have done little more than enrich just a handful of their own hangers-on," he said.

The most basic human right is water, food, and rights to a job
Boesak also took a swipe at the opposition Democratic Alliance. "When the DA talks about human rights, they talk about freedom of speech and a free media - very relevant, but surely missing the point. The most basic human right is running water, food on the table and the opportunity to earn an income," said Boesak

20090320 Lambert, June and Henry, killed, Linden

 

Lambert Henry and June Murdered FifthAveJohannesburgMay202009 March 21 2009 – LINDEN, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. Afrikaans journalist Daniëlla du Plooy writes about the murder on March 20 2009 of June and Henry Lambert, 74 and 78 years old, left, who were found stabbed to death in their Fifth Avenue home in Linden, north of Johannesburg.

Just a handful of cheap costume jewellery was missing, said Mrs Lambert's son Greg Shering. His mother had lived in the same house for more than 30 years. Henry Lambert was her second husband. A trail of blood inside the house showed that Mrs Lambert had put up a valiant struggle. He was found stabbed to death in an outside bathroom behind the house.

Mrs Lambert ran a small home-bakery from the premises to earn extra income. It was the housekeeper's day off and, according to police, was was the first person to discover her employers' bodies at 17:30, after she'd arrived at her own flat behind the house and noticed that the back door to the main house was ajar.

She contacted a family member - and one of Mrs Lambert’s two sons rushed over, arriving at the same time as the police. He immediately started searching for his stepdad Henry, but couldn't find him. The old man enjoyed doing woodwork in an outside room, but he wasn't there either, Greg Shering told the newspaper. It was the police who found Mr Lambert in an outside bathroom - also stabbed to death.

Shering said he recognised the scissors which were found next to his mother's body: "It's an old pair of scissors which I've known since I was a small boy because they belonged to my grandmother.'

The neighbours on either side of the middle-class suburb said they'd heard nothing ontoward.The son said the couple 'had very busy habits in the daytime. My mother started baking at 3.30am, and they took walks of several kilometres a day at 6am'.Mrs Lambert leaves behind two sons and two granddaughters, Beverly en Shirley. http://jv.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2489122,00.html

Chocolate-vanilla Obama ice cream slammed as ‘racist’

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duetobama Icecream AdsoftheWorld_com Picture by Voskhod ads, Yekaterinburg, Russia: Is this ice cream a racist insult to the US President? Or is it, as is being claimed by Russian ad agency Voskhod,  just a joke?

March 21 2009 - Chocolate-vanilla ice cream is one of several Russian products being marketed using the image and name of the first African-American president, even as critics call these ads racist. However, the Russian creator of the Duet ice cream bars says it's all just a huge joke.

The Duet ice cream bars have a chocolate-flavoured centre embedded in a layer of vanilla.

The ad for Duet ice cream bars features a smiling, cartoonish black man flashing a V-for-Victory sign in front of the White House, with the Capitol building behind it - along with the Russian slogan: "Everyone's talking about it: dark inside white!"

The ad was designed by Voskhod adverting agency in Yekaterinburg, Russia.Its creative director was Andrey Gubaydullin; art Director / Illustrator was Vlad Derevyannykh and the copywriters were Aleksandr Parkhomenko, Evgeny Primachenko

Some blasted the ad as insensitive after it surfaced on English-language websites this week. "This is just racist," said one visitor to the Ads of the World website, while another asked: "Is the ice cream as tasteless as the ad?"

Andrei Gubaidullin, who created the ad, told AFP that it was not racist and that Russia simply had a different attitude to race than Western countries.

'Teasing ethnic groups isn't racist'
"For Russia, this is not racist. It is fun and that's it," said Gubaidullin, creative director at Voskhod advertising agency, based in the Urals Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.
"We don't consider teasing ethnic groups racist. It is just seen as a joke," he said by telephone, adding that he personally liked Obama.

In another ad to play on Obama's race, a leaflet recently seen in Moscow used a photograph of the US president to promote a tanning salon and tooth-whitening services.
And a leaflet circulated in Moscow last fall showed a smiling Obama with the slogan "Full Dental Democracy!" to promote the MeraDent chain of dental clinics. see