Just when all the dust had settled

2009-05-16 00:00

JUST when all the dust had settled after the appointment of the members of the national and provincial cabinets and we were all readying ourselves for service delivery after all those election promises, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille decided to stir up a hornet’s nest by attacking South African President Jacob Zuma about being a “self-confessed womaniser with deeply sexist views”.

Instead of explaining why she chose to appoint a cabinet that is not representative of the Western Cape Province, she decided to attack Zuma, just like she had done before and during the elections — underscoring the point that the DA has no point to make without pointing a finger at Zuma. Perhaps she should have joined Cope, a party that was established purely because of the hatred some former African National Congress members had for Zuma.

During the elections, the DA instituted a campaign not against the ANC, but against Zuma. It looks like this is going to be the name of the game as they are the official opposition. What cannot go uncriticised is the ANC Youth League’s response which comes straight from the textbook of toilet politics. For a party structure to issue a statement calling Zille promiscuous for sleeping around with the men in her cabinet simply justifies Zille’s statement on Zuma. Two wrongs do not make a right and the youth league needs to grow up. Threats by the uMkhonto We Sizwe Veterans Association to make the Western Cape “ungovernable” are also highly irresponsible. However, more shocking is how deafeningly silent Zille has been. For someone who always has something to say about everything, to say she will not dignify the allegations with a comment is suspect. It is uncharacteristic of her. I cannot help but think that seeing that she has backed off this fight, could it be that the allegations do have substance? I mean, with these allegations, she has legal recourse to take the youth league to the cleaners. I know she would want to, seeing how much she hates youth league president Julius Malema’s guts. For reasons known only to her, Zille has decided to back off. Is it because if she counterattacks, they will spill the beans, shame her and bring an end to her reign as self-ordained saviour of the opposition parties?

Having spoken so much against Zuma and his “lacks of ethics”, I hope for her own good she did not have “unethical liaisons” with any members of her cabinet because everything she has said to the electorate will just be hot air. She would also have to follow her own advice to Zuma and “resign”. Maybe Zille has a crush on Zuma and realises that she will not rise to the highest office and the closest she can get is by being his wife. But then again, I do not see Zuma being attracted to a woman who talks so much it’s like she swallowed a whistle.

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