President Barack Obama won't get a warm reception when he arrives in South Africa Friday, if local news reports are any indication.
Protesters angry at Obama have already gathered outside of the hospital of anti-apartheid activist and first black South African president Nelson Mandela, according to Africa's the Mail and Guardian. Mandela is in critical condition in Pretoria and may get a visit from the U.S. president.
Protesters at the hospital told the paper they were upset about the Obama administration's drone strikes overseas, and for his failure to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. "He has come as a disappointment, I think Mandela too would be disappointed and feel let down," Khomotso Makola, a 19-year-old law student, told the paper.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation in South Africa, meanwhile, has said Obama's decision to cut more than $200 million in U.S. funds for AIDS globally in 2013 will inhibit their efforts to fight the disease at home. "We may never achieve the goal of making sure that... [as] many people as possible are put on treatment," Hillary Thulare told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Two legal groups in South Africa, the Muslim Lawyers' Association of South Africa and the Society for the Protection of our Constitution, have even attempted to obtain arrest warrants for Obama on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Yousha Tayob, an attorney with the group, said Obama "hasn't kept up with the promises."
"He has publicly confessed to civilian deaths and extra-judicial killings, to renditions and to the killing of U.S. citizens in Yemen," said Tayob. "This is just plain wrong."
In a May speech on the administration's drone policies, Obama justified the killing of American-born terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki with a drone, saying "when a U.S. citizen goes abroad to wage war against America" that "his citizenship should no more serve as a shield than a sniper shooting down on an innocent crowd should be protected from a SWAT team."