Juju needs tribal schooling

2011-06-11 13:17

I am greatly disturbed by this paper’s relentless, systematic attack on the person of the president of both the ANC and the country.

Ever since Ferial Haffajee took over City Press, your journalists have been systematically attacking President Jacob Zuma with a passion.

This hatred stems from the fact that he is the leader of Presley Ka Isiah (sic) Seme’s project, the ANC.

Your analysts claim that Julius Malema’s second election as the youth league’s president means that Zuma will, or might, be contested and removed.

Removed by who? Malema? Who is Malema within Presley Ka Isiah (sic) Seme’s project? What role did he play in this country or the ANC during the struggle?

He can be a 100% Pedi boy, as he stood at the Botes Hotel in Limpopo last week at the end of the youth league’s provincial nominations and made untold(sic) remarks directed at both former president Thabo Mbeki and Zuma, but he is yet to be tested.

The first test is to pass through “tribalism hatred” from the Zulus and I doubt he will manage to go through this thin test regardless of whether both Baleka Mbete and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are on his side.

They can use him to fight this tribal battle, but the truth is that it’s not Malema’s battle.

His hands and face will be burnt as the Zulu nation directs its force towards him.

The biggest problem that we face in this country is a failure by the Xhosa Nostra (the term used to describe ANC leaders of Xhosa descent) to accept that it is right and very much correct that Zuma be the caretaker of Presley Ka Isiah (sic) Seme’s project and pass it to anyone capable when he retires.

Malema will not be able to do what they did to Mbeki. Zuma is not Mbeki.

They are two different characters altogether.

The Zulus will not allow Zuma to abdicate at the behest of the Pedi boy. Zuma does not only have the Zulu nation behind him but also has the blessings of the ANC’s founder, Presley Ka Isiah (sic) Seme, a son-in-law of the Zulu king.

This is Africa and in Africa we do not do things without engaging and testing the feelings that are influenced by tribalism.

If the Xhosa Nostra can accept that it is the Zulu nation’s turn to govern this country – as they governed for the previous three terms – then Zuma will be able to pass it on to the other tribes after his second term.

But to think that your analysts can manipulate Malema’s thinking that he has power to bulldoze the present ANC leadership without passing through the ANC’s political school, him being a newcomer, is going overboard.

That will simply not happen.

Whether he wins at the youth league’s conference or not, it will carry no meaning in Bloemfontein next year.

Your newspaper and its journalists will do us a favour in helping Malema understand that the Zulu nation is not yet over and done with.

It took the Xhosa Nostra three terms to be over and done with, yet they did not even participate in the founding of the ANC project at Inanda, let alone at its launching in Bloemfontein.

If Malema can defeat tribalism then he has a future, but he has not yet passed that test, as he is allowing himself to be used by an angry group of the Xhosa Nostra for having lost their power to the Zulu nation.

My advice is Zuma is neither Mbeki nor Buthelezi, but just Zuma.

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