Final plea, Mr President

2014-10-10 06:45

Dear Mr President

I first wrote to you in 2012, asking you to take responsibility for your allegedly corrupt actions.

Since then there’s been Guptagate, Public Protector spats, employment opportunities for your family and Nkandlagate.

You have operated with impunity, shifting the blame and avoiding responsibility.

I know this letter will cause many to think I have an evil political agenda to publically defame you. I am just a normal 22-year-old South African who happens to be extremely pissed off at you.

We live in a sick society where corruption has become the norm. This is not directly your fault, but I think you should lead by example.

This year was the first time I could vote, but I did not vote for you because I do not have faith in your leadership.

I think your track record of being implicated in corruption and fraud scandals is appalling, and your disrespect towards chapter 9 institutions and taxpayers says a lot about your character and how you view your office.

You could call me the ungrateful child in the family. I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I still complain.

But I say this strongly. The fact that you and others fought for the freedom of this country does not give you the right to abuse its resources and people. It does not give you the right to waste taxpayers’ money and certainly not the right to think you are above the law.

Today’s hostile political environment is similar to many family situations in this country. You, the absent father, are going through a divorce battle with the overprotective mum, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who wants you to pay your maintenance.

So like some fathers in South Africa who avoid responsibility for their children, you have walked out on the family.

Mr President, writing this letter to you is difficult. These days it is tough to speak one’s mind without being labelled as an agent of some sort.

I’m sure you know you will not be remembered fondly in our history, but it is never too late to change public perceptions. Perhaps you could start by spending your own hard-earned money on upgrading your home.

The fact that you spent the money of hard-working citizens on ridiculous ­upgrades is why so many are angry at you.

You cannot avoid your responsibility. Pay back the money. It was not yours to spend in the first place.

I appeal to you for the last time to set a good example and do the right thing.

Pillay is the digital communities manager at Corruption Watch

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