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(From This Day (Nigeria) - AAGM)
Byline: Kayode Komolafe
The big picture of today's elections in South Africa is not so much that President Thabo Mbeki is sure to keep his job for another five years as allowed by the constitution. The 400 members of parliament would be elected by proportional representation. and they in turn would elect Mbeki at a later date. No one needs a crystal ball to know that this is what will happen.
The attraction of the elections are not just the well-known issues dominating the campaigns. Here we are talking of jobs, crime, poverty and the devastating blow being dealt on the multi-racial nation by HIV/AIDS.
Unemployment stands at 30% and about 5.3 million are sufferers of HIV/AIDS. Despite the creation of the new black bourgeoisie, wealth inequality remains massive with more than a third of the black population still living below poverty line. Even a government commission has found out that South Africa compares very well with Brazil as one of the countries with most unequal distributions of income in the world. …