So, Malema is finally losing ground, and for the moment it seems we averted yet another fierce attack on our golden path to true third world “Africadom”.
Jacob Zuma is sitting point blank, centre stage on the pedestal of the protection of the ANC top brass, and barring some succession speculation, it seems he is destined to serve another term as President of South Africa... a position he cemented with some magnificently robust con-artistry...
During the last months of any president’s term of office, you’ll always note a sudden surge in promise-honouring deeds, for the sake of short lived public memories.
If, for example, you were to deliver on all your campaign undertakings within the first year or two of your term, then you run the risk of losing your public’s attention in the latter half of your time in office, purely because people are like goldfish, according to politicians anyway.
Yes, you may be forgotten sooner than you can think if you are too effective. Not that any of our leaders can be accused of being too effective at any stage of their terms in public service, but you get the idea anyway.
However, if you were to deliver, or start delivering in the last months of your term, then no one in their right minds would push too hard for a change in leadership when your sands have run out.
Zuma is no exception.
Sometimes I find the manner he gets away with the “playbook” rules in politics highly insulting, purely because he is a blatant politician... and nothing else.
When you consider what the ANC, and Zuma in particular, used as a campaign topic during the last elections, you may remember that his focus on the poorest of the poor in this country featured far more prominently than anything else.
Issues like job creation, tax breaks for the lower income, infrastructure such as public transport, and the like were primarily highlighted.
To date, not much of those promises ever really transpired, partly due to the world economy, but mostly due to political gamesmanship.
Now, in the state of the nation this year, the largest focus was placed on large scale infrastructure development, which solved quite a few problems at once...
Firstly, it was a step in the right direction in solving the infrastructure crisis;
Secondly, it gives a major boost to job creation, and skills development;
Thirdly, it boosted foreign direct investment, because we don’t nearly have the money to do this; and,
Fourthly, it restricted tax breaks for middle and higher incomes, simply because...well, we don’t have the money, as mentioned earlier.
Most importantly, it was a very strong attempt at cementing another term as President for Zuma.
The dilemma the rest of the ANC was sitting with now, was the fact that Malema stole their idea by punting Motlhanthe as his candidate.
In actuality, following this way of thought, the other ANC members, who are incidentally also fed-up with Malema, would grant him his wish, and vindicate him in a sense if they condoned this.
I personally fail to see any real political support for Zuma in the ANC, or in public for that matter, as things currently stand, even though in contrast some lonely voices are raised in support of Malema every now and again.
I’m of the opinion that these voices are rather to counter Zuma, and shouldn’t really be interpreted as support for the Tender King of Limpopo.
So, it’s quite obvious that Zuma is using any means possible to retain his ill gotten power, by trying to step up as the person who rid the country of the Malema scourge, and on the sideline attempting to leaving us with a legacy of job creation and infrastructure development.
You do know the joke of not being remembered as a school or Church builder, but goat...
well, you know what I mean...that’s Zuma.
You know you’re really terrible at being president when even the bankers have the bearings to tell you how incompetent you really are!
Once again, it all boils down to leadership skills, something this continent has lacked for way too long.
The entire world is looking at us to be that leader, yet we are unable to seize the power to do so on African soil. I mean...how hard can it be? You have the rest of Africa actually waiting for us to do so, but everyone in this country is too busy lining their pockets and politicising strategic decisions!
If I were an ANC supporter, and I had the skill to read and write... I would be livid at my government!
So, whereto with leadership then?
The only person, like it or not, that had proven his worth as a leader outside of politics, is Cyril Ramaphosa.
So, I would propose that the focus turn to him, to show the world we have that ability.
By selecting him as the next president, you actually appoint someone who has the ability to manage something more than a menu at a Michelin star restaurant, whilst at the same time showing S.A’s dedication to intelligent economic policies as well as show Malema the middle finger by finally burying him with his shower headed daddy.
So, Mr. Prez...why don’t you do the entire country a favour, and just step aside. Show us that you can be a good leader, by not leading at all... and most of all; start thinking of your country, rather than yourself for once in your life!
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