Apparently, President Jacob Zuma is not only accused of maladministration in South Africa. In Burundi, Zuma is being accused of destroying Mandela’s legacy.
It’s on record that Mandela, after stepping down as President in April 1999, took over as major mediator of the civil war in Burundi following former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere’s death.
According to history, Mandela applied several lessons from negotiations in South Africa to the Burundian civil war. Among other things, he strove for the inclusion of rebel groups and advocated ethnic power-sharing arrangements such as a rotating presidency and equal Hutu-Tutsi representation in an integrated army. Also, he pushed Thabo Mbeki, his successor as president, to commit South African troops as peacekeepers.
In-fact, it’s widely believed that without Mandela no agreement would have been reached in the Burundian conflict.
With the renewed conflict in Brundi after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced a controversial plan to run for a third term against the stipulation of the nations’ constitution, a renown Burundian activist accused President Zuma of destroying Mandela’s legacy in Burundi.
The activist, Marguerite Barankitse blamed Zuma for the deadly violence all over Burundi after she was awarded the inaugural international humanitarian Aurora Prize in Armenia.
Speaking, Barankitse said, “thanks to Mandela, we completed a peace and reconciliation deal…And now today, it’s a South African president, Jacob Zuma, who has brought shame and destroyed what our hero Mandela had built.
Zuma, he’s corrupt. And that makes a mockery of us. Quite frankly, it’s a mockery. South Africans themselves want to tell him no, and he resists… (African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) decided to send 5 000 soldiers to protect the Burundian people. And it’s African presidents, including her ex-husband, who refused to do that. This is serious,” Barankitse observed.