Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bogus Letter Leaves SA Red-Faced

Bogus letter leaves SA red-faced

20th March 2011

A crudely drafted bogus letter ­supposedly written by President Nicholas Sarkozy of France has become a major source of international embarrassment for South Africa.

The letter, addressed to the president of the Ivorian electoral commission on December 1, was “sold” to African leaders by the regime of Laurent Gbagbo as an attempt by Sarkozy to pressurise the commission to announce the outcome of the presidential election in favour of opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.

It was concocted in badly written French and distributed to ­various African­ governments.

France denounced the letter as “a crude forgery that reveals an ­ignorance of international practices and is a clear desire to harm the good relations that exist between France and Côte d’Ivoire”.

Despite this denouncement on February 22, South Africa’s minister of international relations and co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and/or her department distributed copies of it on at least two confirmed occasions.  

Well that's what you get for having under educated people in top positions,  Achievemunts? : Achievements: SAA, ESCOM (sorry, EISHKOM), Rand Water, Tshwane, the list of black "achievements" just goes on and on, doesn't it? We have a bunch of buffoons turning SA into a laughing stock race, card wielding MORONS  would still vote for the current bunch of ignoramuses simply "bekos dey bleck".  There are no friggin achievements by black people. Name one invention besides toyi-toyi. 

All the clever people have left SA ! What you are left with shouldn't surprise you , you surely know about affirmative action ? But then again , blaming the people behind the scenes has become a cultural retreat for your kind . The people elected to power should have the brains to run the counrty , or go back to their rondavels   I can imagine the frustration and disgust when forgein politicians have to deal with our South African semi literate and just plain stupid politicians.
Is it not time to elect politicians based on ability and results, instead of family/friends contacts and loudness of voice?  We don't need bogus letters to embarrass us. We have an entire bogus government that is the laughing stock of the world.The Department of Stupidity at it's best "This is made in South Africa, proudly South African".  
OMG! And we are 'guavamented" by these idiots!?

Hillary Clinton

A spokesperson for the European Union (EU) Mission in South Africa, Frank Oberholzer, confirmed that the letter was presented to a delegation of EU parliamentarians on February 24 which involved Mashabane.

According to a highly-placed source Mashabane also handed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the same letter during a meeting on February 27 and 28 in Geneva, Switzerland.

As far as can be determined the letter first surfaced among African leaders during the state visit to South Africa in December by Angolan president Eduardo dos Santos, a known close ally of Gbagbo.

This was after Dos Santos had flown to Abidjan to meet Gbagbo.

Department of international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela denied that Mashabane or the department had used or were influenced by the letter in its engagements on the Ivorian crisis.

“The letter never became an ­issue in our stance on the Ivory Coast ... no letter which is not ours would have influenced our position,” he said.


When asked if Mashabane or her department had handed the letter to third parties, Monyela replied: “I will not be drawn into the issue of a letter which is not our letter.”

One senior diplomat described South Africa’s treatment of the false letter as “perplexing” and ­another as “just plain stupid”.

It is understood that West African leaders are angry with the way South Africa handled the letter even after the Economic Community of West African States had ­rejected Gbagbo.

South Africa first supported the African Union (AU) position that Ouattara had won then changed, saying: “We hold no brief for any of them.”

It then supported the recent AU Peace and Security Council decision to finally declare Ouattara the ­legitimate president.

Monyela denied that South Africa had changed its initial stance.

He said the matter had been considered by a high-level AU panel [of which Zuma was a member] and that, as a result, South Africa supported the decision by the council to recognise Ouattara as the legitimate leader. 

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