To start with, after 1994 we had the world admired and revered Nelson Mandela elected as President of this country.
He has gone down in history as one of the most admired politicians in world history, through his policies of reconciliation, and a desire to unite all and every citizen of this country. He asserted that the days of political oppression and a small group of powerful individuals ruling for their own gain, against the aspirations of the population as a whole, would never ever be tolerated again. SA was to become a Rainbow Nation with rule of the people for the people, being the only acceptable option. He reached such world acclaim, that any visit to SA by important and influential world figures, had to include an opportunity to personally visit and shake Mandela’s hand.
He was the succeeded by Mbeki. A highly intelligent, very well educated man, more than adequately qualified to lead a first world country. Under Mandela and Mbeki, foreign investment flooded into the country, with investors falling over each other to get a piece of the action. With international sanctions lifted, and SA becoming the darling of the world, the South African economy grew at a rate never ever seen before. Mbeki’s biggest crime however was the fact that he was perceived as an intellectual, a deep thinker, and somewhat aloof in his decision making. The wise population unanimously concluded that he was therefore not a man of the people, and needed to be replaced by a populist president, of humble and common stock, who would have the real interests of the population at heart.
Mbeki was suddenly and summarily dismissed, with not so much as a whimper from the general population. No mention of any threat that his dismissal would cause disunity and fragmentation of the mighty ANC. He was replaced by a man of no education, a rapist, and so corrupt that he was facing 783 charges of corruption, racketeering, fraud, money laundering and of promoting his own selfish, financial interests, above those of the people. His actions were so unacceptable, that he was actually fired as deputy President by Mbeki. This man selfishly spent close to half a billion rand on upgrading his own personal residence, when close to 30% of the population was unemployed and living in abject poverty.
Money was desperately needed for improvement in medical health services, both primary and tertiary education, service delivery, employment increasing initiatives, RDP houses for the homeless. He was so unashamed and unapologetic of this blatant theft of tax payers’ money, that he unwaveringly refused to initially honour a Constitutional Court order to “Pay back the money”. Considering the enormous opportunity of obscenely increasing his personal wealth, he then teamed up with the Gupta’s. This resulted in a directorship for his precious son in the Gupta’s mighty business empire.
With the Gupta’s pouring money hand and fist into his personal bank account, he succumbed to their pressure, and gave them free reign in the appointment of persons to important Government and Parastatatal Departments and Companies. “State Capture’ was fully condoned by him, as long as the money continued to flow into his personal bank account. To me “State Capture” is synonymous with the highly criminal offense of “State Treason”. In the old days, Treason carried the punishment of summary execution.
Now that Zuma is in his second term of office, he no longer has to concern himself with re-election, and has therefore become completely “rouge”. His one and only consideration now, is increasing his personal wealth before the window of opportunity bangs closed. The biggest coup he is so desperately working towards, and an absolute once in a lifetime opportunity, is to get the proposed Nuclear Deal with Russia approved and on track. This project could take 10 – 15 years to finalize, and without doubt the costs will escalate to beyond R 3 trillion rand. Three times the amount gathered in tax income per year. This is 75 times larger than the Arms deal. The opportunity for wholesale corruption in this deal beggars belief. Move forward to April 2017.
His latest cabinet reshuffle has no other objective than ensuring he remains in power by increasing the support base around him, and getting the Nuclear Deal back on track. The Gupta’s are already ahead of the pack and well positioned, as they have purchased a number of Uranium mines to supply nuclear material to the proposed reactors, hopefully at ridiculously inflated prices, and for the entire life of this project.
The main justification according to Zuma for his mammoth cabinet re-shuffle, is to get fresh, young blood into the cabinet. His new finance minister, whose appointment has been the main reason for the crashing rand and relegation of our economy to “junk status”, has proved his worth with recent statements on his vision forward. He is firmly committed that the Nuclear Deal goes ahead. “How surprising”.
Further, he is not in the least phased by the rating agencies delegating the country to “junk status”. If he had his way, all three rating agencies would be banned from the country, and replaced by a BRICS constituted rating agency, sympathetic to the country’s needs, and developing nation status. He reiterates further that all this “junk status” rating is creating white noise, and distracting him from the only important objective he has, of diligently following Zuma’s directive for “Radical Economic Transformation”.
As a leading economist stated, with Zuma and Gigaba’s total ignorance of economics, the only thing he will eventually be credited with, is the “Radical Economic Destruction” of the country. Another leading economist said the following pearls of wisdom “Zuma is an exceptional Political Strategist, but has no knowledge of economics whatsoever” And now my biggest quandary.
With all the abject misery Zuma has and will subject the people of this country to, and causing it to rapidly descend into economic decline, at the slightest mention of him being recalled, the Top Six in the Executive, the National Working Committee, the National Executive Council, the majority of politicians in Parliament, the ANCYL, the Woman’s League, Black Business Forum South Africa, have all solidly closed ranks in support of Zuma, with the ANCYL even saying they are prepared to die to keep Zuma in power ( Does this in any way sound familiar, having come from a previous ANCYL President ) Just what is it the makes Zuma the Teflon President. Is it purely the patronage he freely doles out to all those who offer him their dying loyalty and support.
Hot News just off the press – 7th April 2017, 17H30 “The only place President Jacob Zuma is going is a long list of official engagements, after the African National Congress said there were no plans for him to step down after Friday's nationwide protests” (Can anyone estimate the billions of rands harm done to the economy, by a full day’s work absence to join these protests).