The Africa Report: 03 May

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Guy Scott. Picture: AFP


An image arises of Zambian President, Michael Sata, riding a bicycle with his vice-president, Guy Scott, on the handlebars.

Suddenly, Sata puts on the brakes and Scott takes a duck into a ditch.

This is probably the best way to describe remarks made by the Zambian vice-president regarding his hatred toward South Africa and South Africans.

In an interview with the British Guardian newspaper, Scott declared his true feelings for South Africa and, after many years discussing African affairs, probably the true feelings of the rest of Africa.

Amongst some of the gems that prevailed from the interview, Scott referred to South Africans as arrogant and historically backward.

"I hate South Africans. That's not a fair thing to say because I like a lot of South Africans but they really think they're the bees' knees and actually they've been the cause of so much trouble in this part of the world," says Scott in the Guardian interview.

Added to this, Scott stated that now that blacks are in power in South Africa, they want to model themselves on the white elite.

Scott went on to liken President Jacob Zuma with former president, FW de Klerk.

"He's very [much] like De Klerk. He tells us, 'You just leave Zimbabwe to me.' Excuse me, who the hell liberated you anyway, was it not us?"

Well, if anything, at least Scott deterred us arrogant South Africans from Guptagate.



The sword of Islam - that's the meaning of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam.

Certainly, there were many South Africans who held Saif in high-esteem, predicting he would follow in his father's shoes.

Evidently, Saif did, turning out almost as bad as his father.

Saif al-Islam, who appeared in court on Thursday in the town of Zintan, has been held in solitary confinement by militants since November 2011.

The militants holding Saif al-Islam are refusing to give him up to Tripoli authorities or to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Saif al-Islam has pleaded to be released into the ICC's custody, claiming that anything would be better than his current conditions.

However, his interaction with the ICC in 2012 factors into his convictions: trying to escape after the ICC sent a group in to secretly film him.

Saif al-Islam is also being charged with harming the image of Libya.