A leader elected by the people do as the people tell him or her to do, is the definition President Jacob Zuma gave to his audience (www.iol.co.za:80/the-star/anc-leaders-must-not-be-big-headed-zuma-1.1437962 in Kwa-Zulu-Natal this week.
This explains the ANC’s ways of government under President Zuma which is illustrated as follows:
Someone amongst the people (ANC members) suggests an ANC branch meeting agenda point to be the upgrade of the Nkandla residence of President Zuma. After some discussion the people decides unanimously, without no need to vote (no one opposing) it is the right thing to do.
This decision is reported and endorsed via all the structures from the ANC branch to the NEC and then to President Jacob Zuma. President Zuma never forms part off any Nkandla-upgrade discussions in such structures on good advice received from a comrade judge, magistrate or attorney on the state’s payroll. The President asked (as if he does not know) who introduced this idea. Comrade Zweli comes the answer. Did the majority accept the idea asks the president? Yes, they did comrade president; we have records of prove of the meeting’s quorums and the voting (unanimous decision) at each and every meeting from branch level upwards. The people spoke comrade President. Good says the President; we must always listen to the people. This is democracy. Comrade Zweli you are a leader, people follow you and therefore I think you must be a leader in government; says the President. Which department you wish to go to; SABC? DTI? TELKOM? If you do not want to be an official, you can just hang around in that position and appoint your own people (with as qualification being ANC members who supported the Nkandla upgrade) in the vacant positions in your department until my next cabinet shuffle. You are a true leader my brother Zweli.
This type of agenda point which is focussed on patronage as with many others decided by ANC members throughout the length and breadth of RSA is given effect to at lightning speed at municipal, provincial and national government level from announcement of the winning election result for the ANC under President Zuma. It should be noted these agenda points has nothing to do with the election manifesto of the ruling party and or its stated policies, it is focussed on enriching individuals while in power. The latter has become manifest ANC strategy and tactics of the Zumaites and it is also used to sideline opponents’ (Constitutionalist) within branches and structures of the ANC by awarding participants in this strategy and tactics of patronage for destroying any perceived Constitutionalist. The ANC is nowadays only “policy talk” but “corruption and patronage work”. Most ANC members and branches do not read ANC policy documents or discuss it because they cannot read (I practically had to threaten to bring a dictionary to ANC meetings because debates is had over the meaning of “he” and “she” in a sentence) or are mainly focussed on self-enrichment and patronage. I know. I have lived it during this year, 2012, as an ANC leader in Namaqualand, Northern Cape where comrade John Block rules.
The above is Zuma leadership and leadership Zuma members of the ANC want at all costs whether it is by disrupting meetings and or breaking down gates and killing opponents.
This leadership forms part of the so-called “African way” or “Zuma way” advocated by President Zuma, judge John Hlophe and their ilk opposing Constitutionalism named the “White-man’s law” or “Smith’s way”.
Under the “Zuma way” your child can only be qualified and get a position as a learner at a school if you subject yourself to the baasskap of the school principal or chairperson of the school committee. You can only get a job if the head of the department or his or her lackey where you wish to work controls your life.
Such control of your life is normally achieved through making you to break the “Smith’s way” law on behalf of the “Zuma way” group. This is the only way you can “get in” or become part of the new elite. They must have something to be used against you within the confines of “Smith’s way” system of law.
The “Zuma way” group also have an extensive record of especially weaknesses and wrong doing of ANC members detailed during President Zuma’s leadership of ANC intelligence structures. Added thereto is know-how of planting false information and creating panic amongst individuals (police telling Mr. Zwelinzima Vavi he is to be assassinated) which they need to control for certain ends.
This is the classic “gangster’s way” of control which even Democratic Alliance and COPE leadership have adopted in the Western Cape provincial government and at the municipalities in which they govern.
An innocent face or image is held upfront and a barbaric enforcement of control is affected in the backrooms, private spaces of personal security and in dark alleys. Silent fear grips the entire nation by stealth and before you know it we are in the midst of a dictatorship which will take sometimes a century to overthrow. All our hard work and struggle destroyed by the virus of corruption and patronage.
I oppose the “Zuma way” because I have seen it practiced by prison gangsters and the apartheid state. It is an evil and barbaric style of leadership. It is devoid of morality, rationality and thinking as is required in a Constitutional Democracy. The Zuma style of leadership is also opposite leadership as it is traditionally understood as “the person who leads, initiates, commands or precedes a group, organization, or country”. A leader is not elected to dance to the say-so of his electorate but to lead by giving effect to what the leader is most capable of doing in translating his or her election manifesto into reality (within the confines of the law). Leaders do not break the law or tolerate behaviour which suggests lack of appreciation of the law.
Everybody who refuses to follow the instructions of the “people” in the “Zuma way” is an ill-disciplined person and enemy of the people.
Because most people are trusting of Nelson Mandela’s ANC, is of low educational standard, needy, poor and hungry; the “Zuma way” group wish to keep the people ignorant (the dismal state of the education system and administration of the State in general) and by so doing give itself much fertile soil to contaminate innocence with ease.
The Constitutionalist way, where the individual is as equal as the majority in terms of his or her human rights are an abomination to the “Zuma way” group because under the Constitutional Democracy system an individual need not be scared walking down the street any time of day facing a group walking towards him or her in the opposite direction.
The majority may govern, but within strict confines of uninfringeable universal rights of which the dignity of a person is absolute.
Dignity is not in the make-up of the “Zuma way” individual and or group but for claiming it when they themselves have publicly trashed it through their own individual and or group conduct professionally or otherwise.
It is for this reason that President Zuma and his group should be denied leadership of the ANC and South Africa in Mangaung next week. If not, the gangster state will be consolidated within the next seven years to a state of no return. In the end, 50 years from now it would be as if Nelson Mandela and the celebrated men and women of his time never were.