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Isolabantu: 'The Outside View': Mid-April 2018

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Political commentary as part of 'The Outside View' series for Isolabantu: The Peoples' Eye Newspaper: https://issuu.com/d-towncommunitynews/docs/isolabantu_mid_april_2018
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  Published as part of a political commentary series in Isolabantu: The Peoples ’    Eye Newspaper  , Mid-April Edition, 2018: https://issuu.com/d-towncommunitynews/docs/isolabantu_mid_april_2018 The Outside View By Warren Jeremy Rourke Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa - the 'S' of BRICS - may have begun to wonder what it might be like inside a prison cell. Would the former president go to Pollsmoor? Just imagine, JZ amongst the 'numbers'! But our JZ is not the only centre-left democratic leader of a country thinking about prison: the 'B' of BRICS, Brazil's former president Lula da Silva, has actually stepped into the prison cell that will be his home for the next, maybe, 12 years. The first, former president in Brazil to be jailed, Lula's prison cell is located in a Federal Police building (nothing like Pollsmoor), and according to an AFP report on Yahoo: "Lula da Silva's new home measures roughly 15 square meters (160 square feet) and has its own private toilet and hot shower -- and even a television -- a luxury in Brazil's often violent, overcrowded prisons". What worries me is not that presidents of countries like South Africa and Brazil ‘can’ and ‘do’ go to jail. What worries me is that both of these men started out fighting for the right of the people in their country to vote, and now at their end we see that even when the people do vote, the country still, never belongs, to The People.
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