You have a polygamist President in Jacob Zuma,who has been married six times,has 4 wives currently with 21 children according one report. On top of that he fathered an illegitimate child,one that we do know of for sure,how many others who know's.Accused of raping an HIV positive woman,racketeering,bribery and corruption-the grease pit story of Zuma's life could possibly fill an encyclopaedia.
Instead Brett Murray, an artist, chose rather to depict Mr Zuma's obvious weaknesses in a painting than in an encyclopaedia as his method is worth more than a thousand words. So the (Dick)tator, Zuma, has gone spearfishing with his well-endowed knobkerrie instead of his spear gun sums it all up really and quite effectively at that. However the crowds in South Africa,that don't see the funny side in all this,and the majority of which have vent their subsequent anger against the artist,Brett Murray, and the gallery for showcasing it,are mostly ANC supporters. They obviously didn't take to kindly to their party leader being "humiliated" in such a vulgar way as some of them decided to call the thought behind it all. So much so that two such antagonist had managed to defaced the Spear painting in the Goodman Gallery this morning. So what does this all tell you about South Africa in a nutshell?
Is South Africa the ANC's country?
What's gone wrong here with this country? Why is South Africa so complicated and uncompromised to be understood? Is it because people over there consistently feed off the critical appraisal of both Eurocentric and Afrocentric observers,albeit in a painting of all places? With disorder, poverty,crime,corruption,nepotism and volatility always making the headlines,why is the country the way it is and can it ever change to something different in the future under a new stewardship perhaps?
FW De Klerk and co agreed to having Democracy and a new Constitution in South Africa. And don't tell me they didn't see this coming 20 years down the line to the extent that it has become under mr Zuma and his cadres!No point moaning about how an incompetent and criminal the ANC is on webpages right where nobody can do a damn thing about it. Why can't the majority of South Africans vote the ANC out of power? It's the ballot paper that decides who governs South Africa. Is it because people instead of voting with reason and principle,decides to choose and vote with sentimentality instead?
Here just look at Europe and see what we do over here with incompetent and criminal governments and why can't the same be done in South Africa:
1.Francois Hollande defeats French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, becoming the first Socialist in 17 years to control
Europe’s second-biggest economy.
2.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte submits his
resignation after failing to win parliamentary support for
additional budget cuts needed to steer the Netherlands clear of the debt crisis.
3.Slovenian lawmakers reject Jankovic as premier. Slovenia’s parliament nominates Janez Jansa as the next prime minister. Slovenian lawmakers approve Jansa’s new government.
4.Silvio Berlusconi resigns after Italian lawmakers pass
debt-reduction measures. Former European Commissioner Mario Monti prepares to lead a technical government charged with implementing the austerity measures.
5.Spain’s ruling Socialists suffer worst local election
defeat in 30 years. People's Party leader Mariano Rajoy wins the biggest parliamentary majority in a Spanish election in more than a quarter-century.
6.Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates resigns after opposition rejects austerity package. Social Democratic and People’s Party win majority in Portuguese election, routing Socrates’s Socialists.
7.True Finns in Finland, who oppose euro bailouts, win 19 percent of the vote in Finnish elections.
8.Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government fails to
win a second term after voters, frustrated with corruption and
rising debt, gave a majority to opposition parties.
9.Ireland holds general election, with the ruling Fianna
Fail swept from power in the worst result in its history.
10.Merkel’s CDU loses control of Hamburg, Germany’s
richest state, in the first of seven state elections.Merkel’s coalition is defeated in Baden-Wuerttemberg,which her CDU had controlled since 1952, as support for the Greens surged to a record.Merkel’s CDU wins 30.9 of the vote in the Northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, its worst election result since 1950, setting the tone for a bigger contest in North Rhine-Westphalia. The main opposition Social Democratic Party has retained power or entered coalition governments in every state it’s contested since Merkel’s second term began in September 2009.
So South Africa,and the ANC at that, lives in a parallel universe to the rest of civilized society that votes democratically? No wonder they can't make any real progress because of always thinking the world owes South Africa something for its past when the world doesn't. You have new leaders in place that are worse than the ones that were there before them according to some South Africans including Desmond Tutu himself that said so and you had white rulersbefore these current ones who thought *&^%all about Democracy and other races in South Africa, and more about self preservation of its own skin colour,race or kind.
The National Party didn't want a multicultural society in South Africa and the ANC Party is destroying what little there is of multiculturalism. The DA gets seen as the white man's ticket back into power and control of South Africa by hard-line ANC supporters galore on this news24 forum even when the DA has a multinational outlook on South Africa. South Africa's legal dissolution of Apartheid has not eradicated its problems since 1994.The mysteries and narratives of everyday life in South Africa is that the rulers,past and present, have made the country far too complicated to be understood. Has this Zuma painting with his dangle hanging out highlighted the fact that South Africans it seems are unable to master any real and relentless optimism about their country and all its own people,regardless of what race,creed or colour skin they have? References: 1.BBC News. 2.www.bloombergnews.com 3.The Telegraph Newspaper. 4.The Guardian Newspaper. 5. www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Zuma.