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Myanmar or SA: country comes first

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When it became clear that Aung San Suu Kyi was heading for an overwhelming victory in the Myanmar election her words were the following: “The winner must be humble and avoid actions that can offend others. Real victory must be for the country, not for a group or individuals.”
Contrast that with the words of our own President Jacob Zuma, speaking at his party conference when he said: “I argued one time with somebody who said the country comes first: I think my organisation, the ANC, comes first.”
Those few words encapsulate the difference between the two leaders. Daw Suu, as she is known, leads the National League for Democracy, which has won the support of over 80% of the voters. President Zuma leads a political party (always rather affectedly referred to as the “movement” or the “organisation”) which seems to be losing support. Perhaps the difference in their approach explains a good deal.
When I first met Daw Suu, in Yangon in 2010, I described her afterwards as “ethereal” and compared her with Nelson Mandela. She did not have a bad word to say about anyone. Even the military who had kept her under house arrest for decades had “treated her well”.
In that first meeting, she seemed to have a sublime faith in the future of her country. I talked about the politics of the long haul (a phrase made famous by the late Colin Eglin), implying that it might be a very long time before real political progress would be made. She would have none of it. She told me that Mandela had been 70 when he was released, whereas she was “only 65.”



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I'm not too familiar with  Jacob Zuma. Can anybody tell me about him more? 

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