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Why was Zuma Booed ?

11 December 2013, 10:54

We all watched the booing of our President at yesterday’s memorial service with sense confusion, a tinge of embarrassment and a dollop of happiness.  The confusion arose as the leadership believed that  the leader of the ANC would be popular despite all his wrong doings because people in South Africa respect the Party above all. The embarrassment :-because it was a dignified service to be marred by booing and party politics.  The happiness resulted in the fact that our democracy is alive. In a  democracy people have a right to freedom of speech. While Cyril Amphora, chasted the crowd to remember our Madiba and his sense of discipline, I thought the booing of a leader that our people are not satisfied with, was a fitting tribute the legacy that Nelson Mandela and the great leaders of his generation brought to the ANC .

The culture of the ANC was that the party and the values of the party were always bigger than any leader that was elected. I believe that the booing demonstrated that philosophy. People have a right to voice their opinion. Why are our people so dissatisfied with Zuma?  I say this with respect to our President and ruling Party and I hope that the passing of  Tata brings back the culture of the ANC where opinions are freely expressed, the voice of the masses are given a priority and where integrity is a common place. It seems somewhere between greed, corruption and the power hungry, the core values of the ANC has being temporally replaced.

What has made the masses so angry with Zuma ? I think it is a number of factors but the most relevant is that President  Zuma has ignored the voice of the  masses of the people  when the core value  success of the ANC was in listening and working towards the greater good of the masses of the people. It is about the massive increase in tenderpreneurs. The issue of corruption where ordinary people see a few tenderpreneurs benefit from government contracts, living glamorous lifestyles at the expense of the soul of our democracy, where a toll system was forced onto our people, ignoring their plea’s( which came from most influential part of our society( trade unions), where media freedom under threat with a piece of legislation intended to curb the transparency, where service delivery is at its lowest, when unemployment is at its highest.  Why would you not be booed Mr. President?

I hope, President Zuma, listens to voice of the booing people, analyze their fears, their hopes that they carry in their hearts for a party that gave us our freedom and promises of a free and democratic country based on fairness and justice.  

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