Calling for the rain to come down

2009-11-27 11:13

WHAT is the first thing that one does when settling down in an

environment that is vulnerable to rain, storms, hails and the like?


probably it would be to build a strong house, one that would resist all the

stroms that might strike.

The pillars holding up this house should be strong

enough and well-positioned so that one can depend on them when the rain clouds

start to gather.

This is what President Jacob Zuma is doing.

We all know that he won

“The battle of Mahlamba Ndlopfu” solely because he had allies in key state


 Without mentioning names, he had key people in the National

Intelligence Agency (NIA), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), and in the


Like a leopard not losing its spots, Zuma, as president, wants to

keep things that way.

Although he publicly said, after the charges against him were

dropped, that there was no cloud hanging over his head, “not even a mist”, deep

down he knows that the cloud is still hovering over his head because he did not

clear his name in the courts.

And we cannot blame anyone for this but himself

because he did everything in the book to avoid the dock.

Seven months into his reign and realising the inevitable rainy

season, President Zuma is hard at work, building a house that he hopes will

protect him against the rain, storms and hails in the future.

He is doing this

by putting key people in strategic places.

In Zuma’s books, key institutions

seem not to include, for example the finance department, Reserve Bank, education

department etc, but they the NPA, NIA, police service, judiciary and defence


He cares very little about who is the minister of finance or who is

the Reserve Bank governor.

These actions characterise a leader who is not sure whether he will

see the end of his presidential term, already pressing panic buttons in advance.

Given Zuma’s fortification of his position, I believe he will

survive any kind of storm that will be coming his way.

So knowing that he will

survive I’m going to perform an African ritual and call for the rain to come

down: Pula! Pula! Let it rain! Pula!


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