The Big Man That was

The Big Man. That was the sobriquet VS Naipaul gave in A Bend in the River to the African dictator plundering the city of Kisangani in Congo through mercenaries granted license to run amok The colonisers plundering merely gave way to the Big Mans impunity in stripping Africas assets bare Perhaps the most glaring examples have been in Zimbabwe and Congopotentially wealthy nations that have hurtled backward Robert Mugabe has single-handedly dismembered Zimbabwe In Congoover a 30-year dictatorship that defined kleptocracy Mobutu Sese Seko spread the wreckage that has provided the fissured stage for the recent slaughter of millions So Im pleased that in this World Cupthe Big Men have proved dispensable And Im pleased its being held in a country that shares African problems but has not yielded to Africas curse South Africa has the mineral wealth 90 per cent of the worlds platinum reserves and 40 per cent of its gold that has proved the resource curse of African nations including Nigeria It has what Moeletsi Mbekithe brother of former president Thabo Mbekidescribed to me as a very warped society born in part of big miningwith its single-sex hostels for labourers torn from their families and thrust into those incubators of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases It is still a land where poverty is racialised But it has resisted the devastating Big Man syndrome Over the past 16 yearsSouth Africa has had four free elections and four presidents A robust judiciary and free press frustrate attempts to cow them The interactionunder the lawof various interest groups holds South Africa back from the brink This is its great lesson for a continent whereby 2025one in four of every person under 24 will live When I lived in Germanya Social Democrat once told me that the countrys ultimate victory over Hitler would lie in the reconstitution of the Jewish community I always thought that was a vainslightly kitschy idea But the Germany of Ozil and Aogo is such a victory over the Big Man who destroyed Europe Africatake note For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News to begin with.” said Naresh, Does he not get bored of doing comedy? which is currently on the floors and is being directed by Surender Reddy. and ? For all the latest Entertainment News, Though,co/K371GDGiSk — Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 24, And if his performance wasn’t merciless enough.

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