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No one else, but Zuma must prevail in Mangaung

12 December 2012, 11:41

For peculiar reasons – I support Zuma’s re-election as the President of the ANC and thus qualifying him to retain South Africa Presidency.

Most of what many predicted would befall this country post Zuma’s Polokwane victory had materialized.   In fact many are today sarcastically saying:  But we warned you so!

·  -  Zuma personally and constantly questions the country’s Constitution.

·        -  The Judiciary has not been spared the barrage of criticism.

·        -  Press freedom constantly under siege.

·    -  Paranoia - “clever Blacks” Zuma’s reference to Africans who with valid reasons criticize him for many of his short comings and excesses.

·        -  Corruption is now Institutionalized with no reprieve in sight.

·        -   He has made irrational decisions to pacify loyalists.

·         -  Nkhandla estate?

With all the warning signs flashing post Polokwane, yet Zuma defied the odds and was the most popular Presidential candidate in 2009 General elections.  For reasons perceived to be good or bad - to some he somewhat holds the title of being the most popular politician after Mandela of course. Today his popularity is more debatable.  But good or bad – the jury is out there. For somewhat sinister reasons, Zuma ascended to cult status long before the 2009 general elections.

Who can forget Zuma cheating on his wives and impregnating one of his friends’ daughter?  This is but one of Zuma’s peculiar excesses disguised as tradition.  But then Zuma has not been the one pretentious about his short comings.  It is but his throng of followers making all the excuses for him.

To some, Zuma is beyond reproach and are contemplating a law to protect him against criticism after Mangaung.   There was a time when one particular individual was even prepared to die for him.  Remember, when Zuma called certain individuals who in 2008 defected from the ANC snakes?  Zuma a holy cow, I doubt it!

But then he has never pretended to be someone or something else from the Zuma we came to know, love and despise pre and post Polokwane.  Suddenly today in the ANC, some pretend to have recovered from amnesia and are now pointing out Zuma’s short comings.  You cannot plant potatoes and reap tomatoes!

So, what’s new?  For continuation - post Mangaung I expect Zuma and no one else to retain the Presidency of the ANC.

Post Polokwane the ANC imploded and this gave birth to COPE, but which to date is in life support after failing to live to expectations.  But for the first time post 2009 general elections, it was not only DA possibly, meaningfully and otherwise challenging the ANC, but COPE too.  With the new kid on the block then, South Africa’s opposition politics were awash with possibilities.  And it was Zuma who made it possible for more than a Million votes for COPE.

With Zuma at the helm in 2014, South Africa politics will be flooded with disgruntled ANC members and none members too, which will raise some possibilities for the opposition to seize the opportunity.  But just like in the ANC, politics of the stomach take precedence over logic in opposition politics and the opportunity would possibly pass by.  Opposition to the ANC is so fragmented instead voter apathy shall win the day.

 I strongly believe – ANC shall get less than 60% and thankfully worse of the vote in 2014. This is only possible with compliments from Zuma.

Anyone else besides Zuma will be pretentious and will only help give South Africans false hope and prolong the inevitable.   ANC is on life support and Zuma is the only one to pull the plug by 2019.

It is under Zuma’s tenure - Civil Society united to protest against, the banning of Scorpions, the Info Bill, Media Tribunal, Institutionalized Corruption, Limpopo Text Book saga, Menzi Simelane, E-tolls etc.  2012 has realized a pro-active Civil Society of diverse South Africans. 

To rid this country of the scourge of corruption and other ills – civil society needs to wake up from slumber and intensify peaceful protest against all those who eat on behalf of the poor and tax burdened middle class.  For the love of this beloved country, civil society needs to rid itself of those opulent demagogues.  Zuma serial shortcomings will ignite the spirit of resistance in South Africans.

With only 2% economic growth in 2012, endemic unemployment, corruption, nepotism, patronage and non-service delivery – this is fertile ground for a South African Spring between 2014 and 2019.  And if anything happens before then, it will be a blessing - compliments of one and only, Zuma.

For peculiar reasons, I believe Zuma shall prevail in Mangaung and thus again dance and giggle his way to the Union Buildings.

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