African press review 11 November 2011
Friday’s African papers are dominated by reactions to South Africa to the five-year suspension of the ANC’s youth league leader Julius Malema.
The young lion is being shown the door for “damaging the standing of the ANC and South Africa’s international reputation”. Mail & Guardian takes a look back at Malema’s humble beginnings and his rapid rise to the upper echelons of SA politics. Malema is quoted in The Sowetan as saying that “the gloves are off and it is time to fight the enemy”.
According to the paper, the firebrand ANC youth leader Julius Malema has become in less than four years, one of the most influential and controversial faces of South Africa’s ruling party, as he pushes the demands of the “forgotten poor” to the top of the political agenda.
The victory of incumbent Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Tuesday’s widely boycotted runoff presidential election also draws comments in the country’s press this Friday. The National Elections Commission announced that just over 37 per cent of the country's 1.8 million registered voters cast ballots.
Liberia’s Profile Daily newspaper attributes the mass boycott to Monday’s deadly lashes involving the police at the Monrovia headquarters of Winston Tubman’s opposition Congress for Democratic Change party. The paper claims “fiery campaign speeches” during the electoral process have deepened divisions among different segments of Liberian society.
Profile Daily also notes that the closure of private radio and television stations on charges of propagating hate messages has reawakened thoughts of the ugly past when press freedom was suppressed in the country.
The New Democrat reports about a major split looming in the main CDC opposition party as elected lawmakers rejected calls by the the party’s recruitment and mobilisation chief Mulbah Morlu not to take up their seats in parliament.
In Nigeria The Nation unveils new anti-terrorism measures as the government prepares to fight radical Boko Haram Islamists with costly gadgets. The paper quoting a reliable source at the presidency says the government has acquired radar equipment worth some 46 millions euros to help detect security threats in the country.
The Nation was told that the tracking devices set to be operational in a few months will help reinforce a 24-hour surveillance around strategic sites in the capital Abuja and Lagos, as well as Aerial Unmanned Vehicles, which are also being deployed at Nigeria’s borders.
The measures were unveiled as Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan wooed hundreds of foreign investors at the 17th Nigerian economic summit in Abuja. Vanguard newspaper underlines remarks by Jonathan that his government was acquiring and installing all necessary security infrastructure to defeat tBoko Haram in order to make Nigeria an investors’ haven.