Zuma in Moscow to celebrate victory over Nazis

08 May 2015 - 14:28 By RDM News Wire, Times LIVE

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Moscow to celebrate “the then-Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany during the Second World War”. Zuma is in the Russian Federation‚ a Presidency statement said‚ “at the invitation of his counterpart President Vladimir Putin to attend the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War”.Zuma will attend the annual Victory Day Celebrations on Saturday‚ as well as “hold bilateral discussions with President Putin on the sidelines” of the festivities.“This visit will further cement the strong and warm relations between South Africa and the Russian Federation‚” the Presidency said. “Earlier this year‚ the Russian Federation worked with South Africa to facilitate the historic repatriation of heroes of the struggle for liberation JB Marks and Moses Kotane back to South Africa. They were reburied in the North West province.”President Zuma is being accompanied by international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.The Nazis back homeThe legacy of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis has been a topic of discussion in South Africa following former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini's controversial statements about the fascist leader, posting "I love Hitler" on his Facebook page."What I love about Hitler is his charisma and his capabilities to organise people. We need more leaders of such calibre," he later told the Wits Vuvuzela.He further claimed "There is an element of Adolf Hitler in all white people and I still maintain that. They have blood in their hands."Dlamini has since lost his position as president of the Wits SRC due to a prior disciplinary issue, and is being investigated over these comments.Meanwhile the Higher Education Transformation Network has claimed that Wits vice chancellor Professor Adam Habib succumbed “to the demands of the Jewish funders and alumni interests” in stripping Dlamini of his position.It has set up a “Defend Mcebo Dlamini Fund” for those wanting to contribute to the former SRC president’s costs in a legal challenge against Wits.-RDM News Wire

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