Boo who? Boo you, Mr President

2014-04-22 10:00

Boo, a sound made to show disapproval or contempt. A sound made to show disrespect.

People boo when they don’t like someone. I write this letter as a fed-up citizen of South Africa.

The ANC is the organisation I entrusted with my vote and support in 1994.

Being the biggest political organisation at the time, the ANC had paid its dues to be the organisation that governed our people.

There were many other political parties who liberated us?…?a fact you like to blatantly ignore.

The liberation of black people in this country happened because black people as a whole had had enough and not because the ANC was our “messiah”.

You are the organisation we chose to lead us?…?something you have now taken for granted.

I have never been at any of the stadiums where (hopefully the soon-to-be ex-) President Jacob Zuma has been booed lately, but I can tell you those boos represent my voice.

Each time I hear of another booing, in my heart I say thank you to those people booing on my behalf.

As you know, Africans are conservative.

So for them to start booing at the memorial service of the “greatest man of our time” says something.

I don’t believe everybody in the ANC has been “corrupted”, it is to these people that I make an appeal.

The time has come for you to show yourselves and step up as true leaders in this situation.

There is a loud enough anti-Zuma sentiment for this issue to be brought to the table.

The booing says a lot about how much South Africans want a new president.

We are yearning for a chance to start on a new page. We want a leader who will inspire us and make us the great nation we were starting to be before Zuma’s term.

Yes, we agree, we are not all politicians and you know better?...?but we have reached a stage where having Zuma as president has affected the morale of the country.

We are the people of this country and we should also have a say in who we want to lead us.

At Madiba’s memorial service, you said you would address the booing after the visitors had left.

They have been gone for more than four months and still no word from you about our grievances.

When it comes to this matter, you ANC members have been your worst enemy?…?you have given rise not only to competition, but distrust.

The way in which you have handled yourselves in the 20 years of freedom leaves us wondering if we gave our power to the right people.

There are many reasons the Zuma administration has upset the people of South Africa.

The people have been disrespected on many different levels and on many different occasions.

Please ANC, in future be conscious about the kind of character you put on a pedestal and make us call president.

Mazwai is an artist

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