South Africa is a special country

2009-04-11 00:00

THERE have not been such exciting times on the South African political landscape since 1994. Time and again, we have proven to be a unique and special country.

We are a country in Africa, yet with all the amenities and privileges enjoyed by First World countries.

We have the best of both worlds. We have hosted and continue to host world-class events and, despite challenges such as crime and poverty, we are doing very well. The Indian Premier League cricket tournament is here and the Confederations Cup is around the corner.

Our politics is also interesting and what is especially impressive about it is our level of political maturity. We seem to have moved away from killing each other whenever we disagree on political ideologies. The remnants are still there, but we have come a long way from incidents such as those that occurred in Shobashobane and Boipatong.

It took a lot of sacrifices for us to get to where we are, but like the miracle nation that we are, we have shown how resilient we are against challenges that once seemed insurmountable.

President-in-waiting Jacob “Phunyukabemphethe” Zuma has used yet another one of his nine lives in another bid to avoid prosecution. If my maths is correct, he is down four and has five to go. With legal challenges from the Independent Democrats’ Patricia de Lille and the Democratic Alliance’s Helen Zille looming, a life or two will be used from the remaining five. Zille and De Lille have realised that the legal route is the only option, and in fact the best option, that they have to prevent Zuma from taking over the country’s presidency and yet they are doomed to defeat.

As for his detractors, is it not clear? Do they still not understand how Zuma was born to lead and how, despite everything, they have tried to pin on him, he has been able to rise stronger and be more resolute?

Despite his constant denial about his involvement in the conspiracy to get Zuma arrested to kill his political career, former president Thabo Mbeki has been alluded to in the controversial tapes. I can promise you that more denials are to follow.

It is ironic how the likes of former spy boss Bulelani Ngcuka and his former colleague Leonard McCarthy intended for Zuma to go down and they are now facing the same possibility, while the man they plotted against is free and will soon be leading the country.

If I did not know better, I would think that Zuma has some potent muthi which, when your enemies plot against you, causes their plans to turn back on them.

They must have forgotten to be careful when dealing with an uneducated boy from Nkandla who regards looking after livestock and stick-fighting as intelligence.

Just like those who ruled Zuma out, they are in for a huge surprise. Regardless of what happens, for the first time the needs of the poor will be looked after.

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