Open letter to President Jacob Zuma
29 May 2014
Dear Jacob Zuma, I hope this letter finds you in a comparatively stable piece of mind given the tumultuous state of affairs in our beloved South Africa.
I am petrified however that I am going to augment more brackish to your injuries as there are numerous strategic subjects I have to offload my chest that may not be palatable to you.
In summary, you have dismally failed us the marginalised and downtrodden South Africans, and I speak as a South African and more importantly, an unemployed man.
I used to admire you during your appointment to the politburo of the SACP days on April 1989s, you were a champion for political and militant council and folks ' rights and when you and your colleagues later returned back to South Africa in 1990, I thought all my troubles were over and better things were soon to come as you pledged.
By then I was still a naïve 16 years old with enough faith to see you as nothing short of the people and people's messiah.
I was swayed by ANC's high sounding founding principles and for the past 19 years I have wholeheartedly supported and given my all to ANC's cause only to realize now it was in vain.
I watched in awe and bitter disillusionment as you spent five long years in the erstwhile government busy feathering your nest after the folks of South Africa fended you through all your trials and tribulations you went through during 2005 until 2009
You chose to totally forget or ignore us poor folks of South Africa yet the formation of the ANC was premised on our rights.
You, Zuma and your cronies in crime in the government notably Cyril Ramaphosa as Deputy President of South Africa and Thulas Nxesi as Public Works Minister, literally showed us the middle finger when you were in strategic positions to uplift us poor people once and for all.
At one time Cyril Ramaphosa even mocked that civil servants and Mine workers should follow him to the toilet and see if he excretes money. Upon this assertion I am referring to the Money he spend of the buffalo rather than the poor folks of beloved South Africa.
Former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riayn Pheyega on the other hand was busy playing hide- and- seek with the Marikana Worker’ representatives while you Zuma, just sat back and enjoyed your teas and lunches at State House with your formerly sworn enemy(Capitalists).
Gone was the true liberation movement of the ANC the poor folks had grown to love dearly and would have gladly laid our lives down for.
We watched in horror as you steadily but surely morphed into that which you had so vehemently professed to hate.
Like the animals in George Orwell's classic Animal Farm, we looked from pig to man, from man to pig and back and we could not tell the difference.
Thus ended my love, respect and admiration for you Jacob Zuma as it dawned on me that you were only there for the money, just like the rest of them.
We gave you a mandate on 2007 at the Polokwane Conference to be our champion as poor people of South Africa and lift us from the abyss of despair and poverty that we had sunk into.
Instead, you chose to use that privileged time to line your pockets and conquer the seas, changing women as you would change underwear.
South African families struggled to make ends meet while you squandered tax payers' money and time on women.
Surely Zuma you can understand my skepticism and disgust when I listened to your address during the recently held inauguration celebrations at Union Building, Pretoria on May 24.
“I believe in action, maybe I am old now to do that. You, the youths, should wake up and act. Nothing will be addressed without action," you said.
Chivalrous words indeed, but where was the belief in action when we so badly wanted you to take action during your tenure in the erstwhile government?
Had you forgotten how to act?
You reciprocated us by taking our R208 Million and build your home.
Or do you just want to use us as a front, to use us to do your dirty work so that you get another chance at the pampered life of luxury and nothingness that you had gotten used to?
Not this time Zuma, this time you wronged yourself upon that disillusion!
I for one am tired and disillusioned. Any hope I once invested in you to liberate me from the bondage of being unemployed and abject poverty in South Africa has since been eroded.
So in conclusion Zuma, let me state equivocally that I shall not be heeding your calls for mass action or such nonsense, I will be too busy finding means to put bread on the poor people's table.
You should try it sometime instead of moving around with a begging bowl and expecting people to rise enmasse' and fight your personal wars.
Yours in Abject Poverty
Son of Azania
Adam Osama Sibuyi