KPFA Evening News, 03.17.2012
Mandy Rossouw speaking at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Mail and Guardian Online deputy editor Verashni Pillay, to her left, was presiding over a series of teach-ins at the university.
KPFA Evening News Anchor David Landau: In South Africa, a well known political journalist, Mandy Rossouw, was buried and eulogized in South Africa this week, after her untimely and unexpected death, one week ago, at the age of 33. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Mandy Rossouw was an international correspondent for Media24 newspapers, and a radio and television reporter and commentator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She died, suddenly, one week ago. This week she was buried and eulogized by colleagues, readers who called her a champion of social justice, and even the ruling African National Congress, or ANC, party, though she often criticized the ANC.
Rossouw was the author of Kings and Kingmakers, a book about the African National Congress, which, in an extract available online, described the relationship between South African President Jacob Zuma and the well known and well moneyed Gupta family.
In this extract, she wrote that one of the president's twins, with the Gupta family as partners, had secured a lucrative iron-ore tender - meaning a state mining lease - that would have made him an overnight billionaire.
Kings and Kingmakers, by Mandy Rossouw, published November 2012
In October 2012, she published a report titled, “DRC’s Kabila comes to SA bearing gifts
.” In this report, she described a visit by the Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Joseph Kabila, to South African President Jacob
Zuma, as "payback time." South African interests, she wrote, were, at that time rewarded for the country's help in
organizing and funding Congo's 2011 presidential election, which returned
Kabila to power.
The Carter Center and more conservative observers described the election as a failure, including lost and unsupervised ballots, polling places that never opened, and thoroughly implausible tallies in many parts of the country. Congolese people protested around the world, and in South Africa, but President Zuma lauded the result.
Rossouw wrote that Petro South Africa and Airports Company South Africa cashed in on Zuma's assistance, receiving building and oil exploration contracts in Congo.
Rossouw died suddenly last week, of unknown cause, at the age of 33.*
For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.
*Since this KPFA Radio report was produced, several sources including South Africa's Citipress have reported that Mandy Rossouw died of an aortic aneurism: http://www.citypress.co.za/news/obituary-medias-vibrant-young-force/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obituary-medias-vibrant-young-force.