South African President Jacob Zuma went to Iran to form economic and political ties with Iran. His trip to Iran comes at a time when nuclear sanctions against Iran have been lifted and the South African economy continues to weaken, farm murders continue, and the country continues to drift towards a dictatorship.
The African Business Review reported that South Africa is hoping to capitalize on the lifting of the restrictions by investing in Iran. Iranian media reported that Iran and South Africa signed eight agreements of cooperation related to trade, industry, investment, water resources, oil industry research, and development and agriculture. The South African president issued a statement and praised the 1979 revolution in Iran.
"The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran provides immense potential for closer commercial and investment cooperation between South Africa and Iran."
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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, South Africa's problems have continued to worsen. President Jacob Zuma was recently embroiled in another scandal as the Guptas, a high-profile family in South Africa who owned the Oakbay Resources and Energy, departed the country. Murder in South Africa is also at an all-time high, and South Africa also faces an economic downgrade. The scandal began when it was revealed that the Guptas had been using South African government cabinet positions as bribes.
The Times of India reported that leftist opposition leader Julius Malema is threatening to oust South African President Jacob Zuma from office even if it means violence in the country. Malema, who leads the Economic Freedom Fighters, helped to get President Zuma elected to office.
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— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) April 25, 2016
Malema said that he would seek to remove the current government from office even if it meant using the barrel of a gun.
"We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight. We will fight. We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through a barrel of a gun."
The South African Economic Freedom Fighters have been calling for months for Zuma to be ousted from office. South Africa's constitutional court ruled that Zuma is in violation of the constitution by using public funds to upgrade his private residence. The court ruled that Zuma must pay back all the money.
South Africa's #Zuma praises Iran's 1979 revolution https://t.co/7MrfjXPy6Y pic.twitter.com/HNiQhrtglO
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) April 25, 2016
News 24 reported that South Africa is moving towards a dictatorship. Although South Africa was once ruled by apartheid, the government was handed over to President Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress in 1994. The roots of the African National Congress were firmly entrenched in communism, and Mandela had previously been in prison for being involved in 193 acts of sabotage, which included 156 acts of terror against South African citizens. He was listed as a terrorist by the United States government until 2008, and the African National Congress was labeled a terrorist organization.
Although the roots of the African National Congress were entrenched in leftist ideology and terrorism and have been in power since apartheid ended in 1994, they have continued to blame apartheid for the state of the economy as well as the high crime rate in South Africa. The estimated number of farm murders that have occurred in South Africa is around 3,000 to 4,000 while there are currently only about 30,000 farmers in South Africa. Police have labeled the crimes simple robbery even though the South African farmers who have been murdered are largely white. There is an element of brutality because of the torture and rape involved in the crimes.
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