Our Bric friends like our politics: Zuma
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Our Bric friends like our politics: Zuma

2011-04-14 11:47

Cape Town - South Africa's new partners in Brics appreciated the smallest member of the club's independent outlook on international politics, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, adding that he had briefed them on his diplomatic efforts in Libya.

"Although our Brics partners are leading economies in the world, South Africa nevertheless brings unique attributes which complement the Brics mechanism," Zuma told a press conference in Sanya, China, with other Brics heads of state.

"At a political level, our partners appreciate our unique value system which derives from our history and a particular experience.

"We believe that they value the independent outlook we contribute to issues related to international peace, security and development."

South Africa's inclusion in Brics is viewed with scepticism in some quarters because its economy is a quarter of the size of that of Brazil and Russia and an 18th of that of China.

Zuma has rejected suggestions that South Africa is punching above its weight in the club of the world's top emerging economic powers

He told the media briefing that the other member nations viewed South Africa as a major economic player on a continent with a growing economy.

He mainly stressed the political advantages of closer co-operation with Brazil, China, India and Russia, pointing out that all member states served on the United Nations Security Council this year.

"This augurs positively for enhanced co-operation efforts."

Zuma said the South African delegation had "seized the opportunity" to brief the Brics leaders about the African Union's peace and security initiatives, including its attempts to mediate in the civil war in Libya.

"We provided a briefing on the situation in Libya and the importance of the African Union roadmap, which is designed to assist the Libyans towards a lasting political solution, which should be based on the will of the Libyan people.

"We underscored our support for multilateralism and the United Nations system, but are also agreed on the need for the reform of the United Nations including the UN Security Council, to make it more representative and effective."

Zuma met with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi earlier this week in a bid to broker a ceasefire and open talks between the regime and rebels.

South Africa voted in support of the UN resolution to impose a no-fly zone over the North African state, but later accused allied forces of exceeding their mandate and seeking to topple Gaddafi.

Comments
  • ZeDon - 2011-04-14 12:05

    The ONLY reason we were invited to join "bric" is for our natural resources. Once Zuma has signed away everything they'll start criticising soon enough.

      50something - 2011-04-14 16:49

      Spot on - China is slowly getting its tenticles inot Africa and it is going to drain Africa from it's natural resources - so much for the land's natural resources belonging to its people, it will belong to China soon. They will sweet talk him because he is too stupid to see what is really happening

  • The Observer - 2011-04-14 12:49

    "We believe that they value the independent outlook we contribute to issues related to international peace, security and development." KEY WORD BELIEVE. what ever makes you sleep at night zuma.

  • Dog!! - 2011-04-14 13:00

    Zuma has still not learned that African Politics is not International Politics. It is like chalk and cheese. I love the phrase "........South Africa as a major economic player on a continent with a growing economy". Out of which test book did they copy this statement!!

  • Valis - 2011-04-14 13:00

    One word; "Mugabe".

  • jim.binnie - 2011-04-14 13:01

    Wait until they have experienced a couple of JZ Backflips! Then we will see what they really think about our "unique value system" and it certainly is unique.

  • Dog!! - 2011-04-14 13:02

    Zuma has still not learned that African Politics is not International Politics. It is like chalk and cheese. I love the phrase "........South Africa as a major economic player on a continent with a growing economy". Out of which test book did they copy this statement!!

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-04-14 13:13

    Zimbabwe still stands as a good example of international politics. What a joke

  • DeonL - 2011-04-14 13:44

    Another "success" story like Libya, or not.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-04-14 13:44

    Pacifism. Not always a good thing.

  • John - 2011-04-14 13:51

    South Africa supports despots and dictators.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-04-14 13:52

    Like Zuma going to meet The Leader, talking about a "roadmap" to a solution and then the whole thing backfires? Instead of trying to fix all the corruption, lack of delivery etc. in his own country.

      Anny - 2011-04-15 09:30

      Good point right there..We are not in goodstandings ourselves, yet he wastes money travelling, how can u advice people on issues that your country itself haven't resolved? He is practising pacifism, yes, but on SA's expense.

  • scud - 2011-04-14 13:52

    Two days ago Zuma told us that the AU mission to Libya was a success. Now we hear that Bric countries like our politics-yes they love corruption,wastage,destruction,racism,chaos and mayhem. Sorry but we have to live with Jacob in Woderland.

  • Stylin - 2011-04-14 13:54

    All this ties in quite nicely with the nationalisation of mines, and everything else. SA looking more like a future Lybia these days.

  • Dominic - 2011-04-14 13:59

    I don't like the politics of our bric friends. Look how they... I mean we treat people like the Dali Lama of Tibet and support the most detestable regime on earth in Burma. Nope I don't like our politics one little bit.

  • Dominic Przybylski - 2011-04-14 14:16

    The attempt to mediate consisted of joining a group of the despots of each country which provided mercenaries to support Gaddafi, meeting him and then insulting the other side to the conflict by not bothering to meet them. This is unique. This is mediation?

  • slg - 2011-04-14 15:19

    They're not exactly leading democratic societies.

  • Colin - 2011-04-14 15:53

    Sure they like your politics. They know they can buy their way into anything they want. No doubt they would be excluded from nationalisation in the same way that the Chinese will be in Zimbabwe. After a nice big "donation"

  • Lionel - 2011-04-15 09:31

    A unique value system in ANC comrades stealing from the poor and middle class to enrich themselves. A unique value system in not fighting the struggle to remain poor. A unique value system in ANC politicains living the bling lavish lifestyle so that the poor have something to aspire to. The unique value system in just taking what is not rightfully there's, because they are entitled to do so because of their race. The unique value system to rape, murder and torture innocent victims. A unique value system in that the ministerail hand book says they can spend tax payers money as freely as they wish and just plunder the coffers. A unique value system where jobs are not filled through merit alone, but by the criteria of racial and gender classification and if you are a black female, SA is your oyster. Dare I carry on about this unique value system we are so fortunate to have?

  • Anny - 2011-04-15 09:35

    What is there to like about our politics?.It was another way that Brics is tryna manipulate us, so that we will have a good relationship with them.N JZ is too naive to pick dat up.

  • Blip - 2011-04-15 09:37

    SA has an economy only a quarter the size of the next-smallest member. It's a sardine in a shark tank.

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