PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Rhyno
 
Comments: 2
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Rhyno's badges.
 

You can do it, Zuma!

24 August 2012, 09:20

One man does not have the power to destroy a country.

No wait... except for Mugabe, one man cannot single handedly destroy the country.

That special ability to actually regress an industrialised nation to its ‘African roots’ through tribalism, populism, factionalism ...ism ...ism ...ism (you get the point) requires an entire cabinet to be completely incompetent, together with its president.

Let’s face it, with the exception of one or two ministers, the rest have been completely useless.

Imagine the awkward stares at Union Building parties when the Education Minister and Trevor Manuel are seated next to one another... ten bucks to the one that doesn’t look away first...

I am not against the ANC as a political party or liberation movement... not in principle anyway, although they aren’t my cup of tea in terms of politics.

However, at this stage, they have overstayed their usefulness, simply because they’ve liberated, and became the family member who visited for Christmas and stayed for New Years.

Zuma, as a president, simply lived up to his expectations. Few people expected fireworks, others expected catastrophe, both groups were proven right.

But the mistake we’re all making is overestimating his power and influence. The best thing a president can do is inspire, in fact that’s pretty much all you expect of him.

Most presidents in democratic countries have very limited powers on their own, and if they don’t inspire, then few people in parliament would back them in anything, essentially rendering the presidency as impotent as Zuma had become now, and as Mbeki was in his last months.

It is around this time of year we should boldly be speculating as to the next street name to be erected in five years.

Tokyo has showed some interest, whilst Mothlanthe casually and nonchalantly dismisses his chances in hopeful glee.

Personally, I would love to see old JZ make the grade again, and retain the presidency for another term... for a couple of reasons;

Firstly, that should slam a very long and very shiny nail in the Malema coffin, which means more to me than Man-imitating-mole hearing Mbeki chanting that “irony is a bitch!”

Secondly, there is no chance of the ANC winning back their two thirds majority under Zuma, due to his...erm... ‘inspirational qualities’.

Obviously the list could carry on for much longer, but at the risk of overstating the obvious and becoming boring I’ll leave it there.

At this stage, the most important thing for this country is rapid and definite decline of the ANC’s support.

Their leaders, at the moment, are the jackals that feed off the underbelly of the poor, and it just goes to show that ill gotten power always corrupts.

As long as they can’t touch the Constitution, the ANC can have all the Zuma’s they want, and I simply view his re-election as sacrificing your queen to gain check mate in a couple of moves.

Politicians, like lawyers, will always be unpopular with people and even Nelson Mandela would have taken flack, had he remained for another term. Irony then, that the lawyer turned politician made the more sensible move and turned away when he did.

I prefer other candidates in the ANC as replacements for Zuma, but I don’t think the rift in the ANC is strong enough... yet, to bring about its decline.

Give old JZ another five years, and I bet you a midweek break away that support will drop under 60% in two elections.

So Mr. Zuma, if you should read this, which I sorely trust you won’t, I’ll back you to win in Mangaung, not because I think you will, but because I hope you do... and surely not because I think you’re doing a bang up job.

You go Jacob, bring it home and do your thing by being the greatest asset the opposition has in government!

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
PeterTracey
Decisions, decisions

Some things are not as easy as they seem. Read more...

0 comments 231 views
Submitted by
James Matoma
Bafana is a national embarrassmen...

How can the minister of sports and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, claim that he was satisfied with Bafana Bafana’s performance? Read more...

17 comments 665 views
Submitted by
Kalibanache
Clive Derby-Lewis and the rest of...

Forgive. Forgive me, forgive other people. Forgive is to forget, otherwise you have not forgotten.  Read more...

18 comments 600 views
Africa must break from negative n...

Despite decades of conflict, death and tragedy, coverage of issues in Africa has often been ignored, oversimplified, or excessively focused on limited aspects. Read more...

11 comments 345 views
Submitted by
Amaps
Let the Chuch be the help to the ...

So disappointing how the "church" which claims to be the body of Christ, its not as it should be, its operated like a corporate company. Read more...

133 comments 752 views
Submitted by
MarkH
South Africa: The reality show

I see a tendency – just love that word – developing lately of the regime – another old favourite – to spread far and wide as much confusion as possible, all involving spending my money, of course. Read more...

5 comments 448 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.