In the build-up to the watershed ANC 52nd national conference, a huge section of the media and commentators fed the nation the lie that Jacob Zuma wouldn't emerge as the party president ahead of incumbent Thabo Mbeki. This was the gruel fed the public contrary to stark facts depicting the reality of Zuma as a favourite of ANC branches.
To reinforce the lie of a Zuma loss, the self-same media rolled out "experts" of all stripes to twaddle about the armageddon that would visit the country if the man could emerge victorious at the end of the ANC 52nd national conference.
As history would have it, the media and its army of commentators got the ANC 52nd national conference awfully wrong. Contrary to the media's unpopular opinion, Zuma was favoured by the overwhelming majority of delegates to this historic conference.
Zuma went on to become President of the Republic of South Africa in 2009 after another overwhelming vote of confidence in the ANC. He has been at the helm since then and is destined to do full service to the mandatory two five-year terms as the president of the Republic.
Of significance is that no armageddon visited us upon Zuma assuming the presidency. Instead Zuma and his team have maintained the ship of state on course, the stormy economic seas notwithstanding.
The media and its army of commentators never forgave Zuma for defying their twisted self-serving logic and becoming president of both the country and the ANC.
The build up to the 53rd ANC national conference accords the bitter media to extract revenge on Zuma. Already distortions, misrepresentations and down-right lies about Zuma have become the order of the day ahead of this conference. Renegades of the ANC and those who still habour the 2007 bitternes offer ammunition to the media gunslingers.
What these Zuma-phobes miss, is that they are running towards yet another fall - they write off Zuma at their own peril. Zuma remains the only hope of the ANC and country - a fact the masses of the people of the country are very concious of, and will make them beyond money-men who think the party of Oliver Tambo is available to the highest bidder.
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