Zuma must be more decisive

2011-10-22 15:34

I respect and honour my president, Mr Jacob Zuma, and intend to continue doing so.

However, he exasperates me with his inconsistent and unreliable leadership style. It is almost like he has made it his business to mislead the public.

After he became president he announced in his state of the nation address that he would not tolerate corruption.

However, when professional, well-articulated and legally informed reports are presented to him by the Public Protector, he always reverts to delaying tactics, saying he is still busy studying the reports or won’t be rushed into making hasty decisions. Note that he has many political, legal and other advisers to support and meet the demands of his duties.

In 2009 the department of international relations and cooperation said the Dalai Lama could not visit our country as it would deflect attention away from the Fifa World Cup. This year it has used similar tactics to mislead us.

Zuma, leading the African Union (AU), advised the world that Gaddafi had accepted the AU’s roadmap, which would have assisted in developing a political solution in Libya and strongly confirmed that only the rebel National Transitional Council had rejected the proposal.

Most people understood and embraced the AU’s roadmap and condemned Nato.

On October 13 Mr Zuma had the guts to tell the nation that the AU’s roadmap would be better implemented in Gaddafi’s absence.

Now he pronounces on differences with Gaddafi that he has never mentioned before.

Zuma’s leadership style needs to be more decisive and show more backbone in the decisions he makes in order to protect the country’s integrity and image globally.

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