Why the indecisiveness, Mr President?

2011-08-20 13:41

Now that the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Sicelo Shiceka, has recovered, we are waiting for President Jacob Zuma to make a decision.

This is not the only matter awaiting the president’s decision, but we will not be surprised if our president does not let us in on his verdict on Shiceka. Not prioritising required decisions has become the president’s latest trend.

Either he ignores matters and keeps mum or he makes excuses to protect the culprits facing accusations.

The constant failure to make decisions and the delay in resolving issues of relevance does not only paint a picture of the president’s lack of independence in decision making, but it’s also at the cost of public trust to the ANC.

President Zuma remains impervious to the growing pressure on him to take decisions on various matters – the Shiceka saga, public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and police commissioner Bheki Cele’s irregular leases and choosing a new Chief Justice to take over Judge Sandile Ngcobo, to
name a few.

The president’s indecisiveness shows insecurity and the undermining of the constitutional mandate.

There has been more than enough time for him to act on these matters. It seems like the president is deliberately ignoring the primary set of values and principles set by our democracy.

Mr President, this is your chance to prove that you as an individual know how to separate the state from the ANC, that South Africa is your priority and that rooting out corruption and fraud is of the utmost importance.

However, your continuous failure to act against cadres shows that you and the ruling party are in favour of cadre deployment.

Therefore, to prove us wrong, please show us that you are not deliberately ignoring the public protector and defying Lady Justice by not taking action against those who face accusations.

Show us that you and the ruling party are not in favour of tyrants and quiet diplomacy. You simply have to take action. 

Inkosi NB Shabalala
Pietermaritzburg

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