Who is President of South Africa makes an enormous difference.
If Norway or the United States for example, were without a president, it would hardly make a difference, simply because their institutions are so strong, that they could happily carry on serving the country. A president for these countries is a “nice to have object”, a “cherry on the political top”, but not a necessity. After 2 or 3 years, they would need somebody to align the institutions, but once the job is done, that person could happily disappear again.
In Africa, things look a lot different, basically because a lot of Africa is still pre-institution, which furthers the so-called “The Big Man Syndrome”. Without strong institutions lead by competent people, “The Big Man (and his clan of course), can do just as they want (i.e. enriching themselves to vomiting point), because there are no establishments of political will who know how things should be done and who will stop them.
In South Africa we have institutions or shall I rather say, we had institutions; Jacob Zuma and his Zulu clan however, have done just about everything in the book to break done all that works, because these established organizations get in their way to the money and their personal bigotry.
For anybody who thinks that this article is just a hypothetical rant about some white privilege, let us take a concrete example, i.e. the South African police, which was no famous institution under the Apartheid government, but under the ANC has become a militarized
killing machine, see Marikana, see Andries Titani, see Bronkhorstspruit etc.
Jacob Zuma appointed Mr. Mthethwa as Minister of Police is for a start, a bad, bad choice. But to make matters worse, Mr. Mthethwa now wants to appoint Robert McBride as for the IPID head, whose job it will be to oversee the South African Police Service and Municipal Police Services. So who is this McBride who job it will be “to watch over” the police.
· In 1968 McBride was convicted of planting a bomb in a Durban restaurant where 3 women were killed and 69 people were injured.
· Although he has fought to get rid of the title, he is an officially branded murderer.
· The ANC tried to send him to Portugal as ambassador, but Portugal REFUSED to accept him as the SA ambassador!
· In 1998 Mr. McBride was in jail in Mozambique, accused of gunrunning.
· In 1999, in the company of Cyril Beeka, (an underworld figure) McBride was charged with assaulting and employee of an escort agency.
· In 2003 McBride was appointed Chief of Metropolitan Police of Ekurhuleni. He was fired from this post in 2007, because he was charged with drunken driving, fraud and defeating the ends of justice following a drinking and driving incident.
· In 2011 he was found guilty and convicted to a 5-year prison sentence, which was overturned. The appeal and overturn cost R7 000 000, which the taxpayer will probably have to come up for.
· In 2013 McBride was nominated as the executive director of the police watchdog body (IPID)
So the question must be asked, why are the ANC (under Mthethwa) pushing to appoint a man who over so many years has been steadily and increasingly been at odds with the law, to now oversee that the police “behave”? Does Mr. McBride know too much or is this part of the ANC policy that “every comrade “must be rewarded, to hell with the South African Institutions and to hell with the South African people?
Mr. Mthethwa and Robert McBride are just one example of how our South African Institutions are being hammered into pulp, because we have an incompetent “Big Man” and his Zulu clan running the country. Who and how the police and justice system are run, affects every single citizen in this country.
Please go and vote and please think carefully whom you give your vote to. It matters, it really matters.