I woke up early on Sunday to watch the proceedings of former president Nelson Mandela's funeral that I never had time to enjoy my breakfast. I was too determined to hear what they are going to say about this great man. I listened attentively to various speakers praising our fallen hero for the great work he has done of uniting the world.
And when president Zuma hit the podium and undertook to take forward the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela..... I must say I was too hungry to laugh.
And please don't get me wrong here, I never perceived his words as being too good to be true because I believe it is possible to emulate Madiba. I just happened to never agree that Zuma is one person to emulate Madiba.
I asked myself: "If Madiba's legacy is worth taking forward, what was Zuma doing all along to only notice now that the legacy should be continued?"
We all know that under president Zuma we have seen our country be sold to the highest bidder. His leadership skills leave much to be desired.
Under president Zuma we have seen poor people become more poorer, while the connected few keep on climbing the gravy train ladder. Under president Zuma, the words 'corruption' and 'nepotism' have been defined with great skill and creativity.
President Zuma's leadership skills are in contrast with those of Madiba because Madiba wanted to build a society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.
Would you call it a society with equal opportunities if over R200 million was taken from state coffers to build a house of an individual on a private land? Would you call it a society with equal opportunities if the president's nephew wrongly benefits and lives a plush life while his mineworkers employees and their families drown in the pool of abject poverty?
Would you call it a society with equal opportunities if jobs are given to pals, who eventually prove their incompetence by embezzling government funds?
Would you call it a society with equal opportunities if the public is made to pay to use the roads? Would you call it a society with equal opportunities if mineworkers were gunned down by the police in Marikana for protesting against being paid peanuts?
Madiba has never, in his entire life as our president and beyond his term, embroiled in scandals that happened to expose poor leadership. He was the people's president, he sympathised with the people. He was not perfect but great.
Zuma must understand that the fact that Madiba was an ANC member, his death will not make people fall for the ANC in the name of honouring Madiba. In fact, Madiba's death has done a great job in exposing the bad leaders we currently have.
To emulate Madiba, Zuma and his cronies must put an end to corruption, shoddy service delivery in the form of unenclosed toilets, incomplete RDP houses, absence of running water in many parts of Bushbuckridge, sort the education and health system, scrap e-tolls, give attention to the rot in the police service and many other services they should be carrying out with excellence.
We all know that now that the elections are nearing, the ANC will continue with their tired slogans: "Do it for Nelson Mandela, vote ANC." I personally refuse to vote for a party that is currently betraying the people just to honour someone who used to do his job with distinction, no matter how much respect I have for that person.
There is no legacy in politics, you are as good as your last game. We now vote with our heads and not with our hearts.
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