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Why Zuma should not come back

15 December 2012, 08:13

Firstly I must articulate this fact: when Mr Jacob Zuma sang his song “aw’lethumshiniwani, wenauyang’bambezela” when he was still campaigning for the presidency in 2008, I thought he would be able to fulfil the job of enhancing and facilitating the nation in achieving its objectives. Moreover, creating an enabling environment in which many people would be willing to and be able to contribute to social development, ensure that the appropriate resources are found and utilised effectively to benefit the citizens. I thought we would have the type of president who has the capacity to integrate the citizens to be responsible and accountable for their own country in order to attain measurable progress. I thought we have a president who would look the rate of progress and service delivery. In essence, a president who would measure progress and service delivery not based on the amount they add to those who have abundantly, but measuring the progress and service delivery on how much they provide for those who occupy and have too little and nothing.

I never thought that the same song that many of us supported him when he sang would come back to haunt us; we did not understand the meaning and the motives behind it. Mr Zuma use to sing “aw’lethumshiniwami” which translate into “give me what belongs to me”, bear in mind, not what belongs to the “nation” but to “him”. This song which many of us misinterpreted, gave him power to dictate and provide his administrative egoism agenda. After becoming president, his song that contained uneven words became unpopular, simple because the time we cast our vote for him to be the president, he must have thought that we were simply saying we give you power to dictate and have dominion over us.

I remember him addressing the crowd in the impromptu rally in the town's city centre last year he stated "When you vote for the ANC, you are also choosing to go to heaven. When you don't vote for the ANC you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork ... who cooks people". He further went on to tell ANC supporters in the Eastern Cape in February 2011 that those who vote for the ANC will be “blessed on earth and [in] heaven,” and promising them that only an ANC membership card would ensure them an automatic pass to heaven: “When you are carrying an ANC membership card, you are blessed. When you get up there, there are different cards used but when you have an ANC card; you will be let through to go to heaven”.

 In this instance he revealed the fact that having an ANC membership card; you have a means and strategic tool to create a personal foundation of prosperity. Such words from the president really impose a devastating and uncivilised image to the ruling party. What kind of a leader can say such words to demand a vote from the nation? To me such instance is similar to what is happening in Zimbabwe, that when you do not vote for Mugabe you will suffer. When heaven is like the ANC it makes me to be willing to sing more and more with the mindset not willing to go there because our current ruling part is very much corrupted, which also means that heaven is corrupted.

Since 2009, when Mr Zuma came into power an unprecedented wave of popular and violent protests has flowed across the country. With the recent service delivery protests, the protesters explain that they took to the streets because there was no way for them to get to speak to government, let alone to get government to listen to them on their needs. Moreover Zuma is creating a “mini-town” in his home at Nkandla,

I believe that Mr Zuma should not come back for a second term because he failed to integrate the poorest of the poor and the previously disadvantage sector of the population into the nation’s mainstream economy. Furthermore, he did not consider the vital aspect of development which includes, community-centric development, stabilising the national economy and capital investment. He overlooked such element and yet are indispensable in coordination of development, most importantly is that when they are ignored they are likely to have a negative impact on the national economy, as it has been happening on the South African economy since his leadership took over. The reality is that Mr Zuma does not have the capacity to go beyond where he has put our country now.  In order for our country to move forward and continue to enjoy the fruit of democracy he must step down.

My experience with Zuma’s dictatorship and self-conciseness agenda has taught me but one thing, that a president with such agenda is not only immoral but also unjust and intolerable. Our country is where it is today because we have allowed dictatorship to take root in our country by the ones who have power over us and the time has come to now replace this administrative egoism system with true democracy. I believe that Mr Zuma has completely run out of ideas and has no vision of the future since he has been programmed to always think of the past-the protracted liberation struggle and think about Nkandla one way. His campaigns are never about the present or the future. Instead, they are always about the past. Consequently, if Mr Zuma were to be given the second term we would fall behind compared to other countries that use to look up to us with respect and admiration.

Mr Zuma is not the type of president who considers the fact that the fundamental goal of a democratic system is citizen satisfaction. He does not consider that the effectiveness of governance needs to be measured by the capacity of government and its structures to provide an integrated development approach to social and economic development issues and to supply essential services congruent with the needs and desires of the communities. Without the above perspective it is difficult to identify and prioritize the needs of the populace, determine adequate levels of services, allocate necessary resources to the public, as it is with our current president. Our current president lack the political will to enforce the crucial aspect of citizen participation in decision-making processes. Moreover the structures and the system of production under his leadership does not take into account the needs of the community, especially the previously disadvantage sector of the population, but they exacerbate corruption practice by the better off within the community to maintain their status quo. Furthermore, under his leadership the powerful political elite are often corrupt. Therefore Mr Zuma must not come back for the second term.

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