May 23, 2012
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Nomvelo Buthelezi.
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says Western investors have to realise South Africa does not need their money. He says the country can turn increasingly to fellow Brics members India and China to fund its economic development. Mantashe says this is a dynamic that Western investors must wake up to.
United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay is calling on Zimbabwe to take steps to prevent a repeat of 2008 political violence in elections that are due next year. Pillay is the first UN rights chief to visit the southern African country, and is expected to meet President Robert Mugabe later in the week. In 2009, the Zimbabwean government expelled UN rights investigator Manfred Nowak.
The ANC has condemned the defacing of a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with exposed private parts. Three people were arrested for alleged offences relating to the painting. Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Dene Smuts described the painting as "iconic" and a brilliant work of political satire.
Also making headlines:
Guinea-Bissau's military junta says it is handing power back to the West African state's civilian leaders.
And, Egyptians began voting this morning in the nation's first genuine presidential election.
That’s a round-up of news making headlines today.