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This Politician's Responses During an 'Aljazeera' Interview Has South Africans Cringing

The former South African National Assembly speaker showed just how divorced the ruling party is from the country's reality.

Baleka Mbete is the former speaker of the South African National Assembly and a member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Earlier this year, she stepped down from her position after having been long accused of not holding former president Jacob Zuma accountable for a number of alleged crimes during his tenure. Most recently, she was interviewed by Aljazeera's Mehdi Hasan about several South African political issues. However, her responses were admittedly cringe-worthy, more so among South Africans who feel that the ruling party is divorced from the many realities facing ordinary South Africans.


Mbete was invited to be a part of a conversation that probed into whether the ANC has betrayed the legacy left behind by the late anti-Apartheid veteran, Nelson Mandela. Her responses, which oftentimes failed to answer the questions directly, have left many in genuine disbelief and others angered by her clear lack of accountability.

READ: Why Are We So Obsessed with Making a God of Nelson Mandela?

When asked about the corruption allegations against Zuma's, particularly the infamous R250 million (USD 23 million) he used to build his personal homestead Nkandla, and the swimming pool reportedly built as a fire prevention feature, Mbete responded by saying, "Part of the challenge that we have is that part of that (Nkandla) is actually government property, which is actually for purposes on ensuring that there are health facilities for the president to be looked after or any of the staff." With regards to the 330 000 South Africans who died from not receiving anti-retroviral drugs as result of former president Thabo Mbeki's HIV/AIDS denialism, Mbete said that, "You're saying as if we plotted that people must die, we didn't. Health Committee worked...It wasn't for me, I was busy."

Asked about the tragic Marikana Massacre which saw 34 miners being gunned down back in 2012 and how no arrests had been made as yet, Mbete said quite casually that she would have to go and "look into it". The interview has left many South Africans further despondent about the ANC and their governing of the country.



Watch the full interview below:

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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