President Zuma came out guns blazing yesterday and fired shots at South Africans bemoaning the CAR tragedy which saw 13 of our military men lose their lives. In his usual boring oratory Zuma sought to give South Africans a lesson in governance, “The problem in South Africa is that everyone wants to run the country,” he said. Mind you Mr. President everyone wants to run the country primarily because you and your administration, including the ruling party, are failing dismally in doing so!
Your government Sir continues to piss on the principles of democracy, good governance, accountability and moral and ethical leadership. Can your administration give us credible reasons why you it has deployed our military men to be cannon fodder in a country in which the ousted president had taken rule by the gun? Has your government given the electorate sound reasons why you will not recall the soldiers even after this tragedy that claimed young lives in vain?
All we have heard from you and your defense minister is nothing but populist and meaningless statements which confuse us even more. This president had the balls to come out and claim that the soldiers shed their lives on a “noble cause”. Had you lost your mind, Mr. President, when you uttered these words? What is noble about defending a dictatorship? Perhaps the president needs a lesson in elementary English.
"Let me emphasise that we reject any insinuation that these soldiers were sent to the CAR for any reason other than in pursuit of national interest and the interests of the African continent," says Zuma. But did he give us an alternative version? No! This is a meaningless phrase which cannot be decoded. Did Zuma get a mandate from the AU to station our troops in the CAR? NO! So what interests of the African continent are they serving? Is the United Nations in support of this whole situation? NO!
Are the business dealings of ANC cronies reported to have a stake in the lucrative diamond industry in the CAR of national interest? I doubt. Our nation is beset by many a domestic crisis. We need not be cleaning up after failed governments and hopeless countries which are of little economic significance to our nation, except for a few big bellied politicians.
Zuma needs to clean up the mess in his own background before attempting to position South Africa as a messiah to troubled states. He must sort out the rebellious police force, which is an embarrassment to the country and its reputation. The public administration of our country is in tatters, thanks to his incompetent pals running crucial institutions like the public broadcaster. The country has a communication backlog due to a protracted strike by SA Post Office workers and the president has been silent about it.
He has been “applying his mind”, not that he has one, on key appointments within the security cluster. Despite the crucial nature of the work some of these institutions conduct in the fight against white collar crimes, he has deferred appointing heads.
Zuma’s position on the CAR is tantamount to saying ‘shut the f*** up and leave ANC to f*** up our country with impunity,” as a friend recently remarked.