An open letter to President Zuma

2012-06-26 08:39
Dear President Zuma,

I wish to write you this letter, to maybe understand what is happening to this country. I concede, I am a not one of the struggle members of the past, nor was I involved with the previous tragic regime, yet of course I am part of this country like all of us are, and I therefore feel my word should be heard just as those of all others, past and present.

The best way to start my questions is to look at the oath you have taken in all our names when you became the president of this amazing country with this multiverse of cultural groups:

"In the presence of everyone assembled here, and in full realization of the high calling I assume as President (or Acting President) of the Republic of South Africa, I, (name), swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and will obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic; and I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always promote all that will advance the Republic, and oppose all that may harm it; protect and promote the rights of all South Africans; discharge my duties with all my strength and talents to the best of my knowledge and ability and true to the dictates of my conscience; do justice to all; and devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all of its people. (So help me God.)"

Yes this is what you have promised us...and hence I have questions how you are fulfilling that oath as our public servant, our voice and our "father of the nation" we should look up to.

"I, (name), swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and will obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic"

President Zuma, as I understand it, you have had some contact with the law of this country. I do not know whether these things are true or not, but it is my understanding that these things are cleared in court. Yet for some reason you fear the courts, and do anything you can to not face the charges that have been laid against you. Don't you want to clear your name? What are you afraid of President Zuma? Are you above the law and the courts?

I ask this because I wonder if you understand what signal you are sending to everyone else in the government, but also to the people you govern. It seems that we do not need to answer accusations?

"and I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always promote all that will advance the Republic, and oppose all that may harm it"

When looking at the people of this country, I don't understand how you can have some things happen in light of this oath. A few recent examples might clarify my viewpoint:

There is the situation with the schoolbooks in Limpopo...I just don't understand how you can remain silent on this for so long. It almost seems as if you do not care about those school children. Even worse is the fact that there is something happening to all that money, yet there is no comment from you let alone definite action.

There is the matter of the etoll roads, while so many people of the country are confused and worried, there is real evidence that this is a horrible waste of our resources, yet there is no comment from your side. How does this serve the purpose of helping this country? Even worse, it seems like you do not care that this toll will impact the logistical sector of this country, which will damage the people you are supposed to be helping the most: the poor and the disadvantaged.

There is the cabinet, made up of people that we do not know, that have no credentials for their job nor the experience. There is the police, which should help to solve problems, that has for such a long time been under the proven influence of criminals, corruption, extortion, bribes and murder...this is what we believe the police has become....

Oh Mr President, please explain to me how you are fulfilling your promise to promote the advancement of this country. For all I can see by your actions indicate that you are harming us.

"; protect and promote the rights of all South Africans"

State secrecy bills and legal action against art has been all that we see lately when it comes to our rights. I am sorry if you felt hurt by the painting of Mr Murray, (though other pictures of your private body parts by other artists seemed to matter less to you it seems), but the fact remains that whenever someone criticizes you, your discourse is the courts, the very same courts you do not wish to go to when it comes to your own matters.
Let me refresh your memory on what you are when you took that oath: a public figure. Wiki quote for USA, but just as correct under our law (as far as I know so please correct me if I am wrong):
"In United States law, public figure is a term applied in the context of defamation actions (libel and slander) as well as invasion of privacy. A public figure (such as a politician, celebrity, or business leader) cannot base a lawsuit on incorrect harmful statements unless there is proof that the writer or publisher acted with actual malice (knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth).[1] The burden of proof in defamation actions is higher in the case of a public figure."

Yes Mr President, you must show us your strength in dealing with critic, and should there be a real attack on your privacy I will be among the first to stand by your side....but alas, this painting is not one of them...

Instead you are signalling us to not speak any form of criticism or even facts, that may have any negative impact on you, irrespective if they are true or not...punishable by prison!

Oh Mr President, why do you want to shut down investigations and silence the people, is it not our right to be informed of what you are doing in the name of the people of South Africa?

"discharge my duties with all my strength and talents to the best of my knowledge and ability and true to the dictates of my conscience; do justice to all; and devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all of its people."

I fear I do not understand how you are doing this either. Just the other day it seemed ok that one of your organisations (ANCYL) is completely ok with killing farmers and stealing land. I fail to see how your conscience can allow this to happen. Yet again we hear nothing from you, and the golden rule in politics...silence is agreement...
Is this true Mr president? Do you not care equally for all the people in this country, so much so that you will allow them to be murdered without at least stating that its wrong?

How about the new nuclear powerplants that you will spend so much of our money on? Most of the world is moving away from nuclear energy, other options being viable, yet still you persist to put something in our country that has the potential to seriously harm EVERYONE in South Africa. (nuclear power is not safe...whoever doubts it just have a look at Japan in recent times). No this cannot be for the well being of the country....why not look at geothermal, hydro or even solar energy? There must be other motivational factors for your decision...a decision that cannot be yours alone.

"(So help me God.)"

In 2011 you have shown us how God will help you:
"President Jacob Zuma has come under fire for saying that citizens who opted to vote for an opposition party chose what he termed “hell”, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported on Saturday.
Speaking in isiZulu, Zuma said if a South African voted for the ANC, one chose heaven, but a vote for the opposition meant hell."

I don't understand Mr President, are you condemning us to hell if we do not see things your way? Why do you choose to spread fear when you should be guiding us? Do you not see how unacceptable such statements (and there are multiple similar ones you have uttered) are...how disrespectful you are to other cultures? And for what? A few more votes?

I fear Mr President, that as things stand now, you are no president. You may be a leader of some people, but your methods look more like those of a dictator than a man of the people.

And until you answer the questions above, I will no longer call you a president Mr Zuma, for you have not fulfilled your appointed role. On the contrary, it seems your only goal is that of yourself, your family and some select people of the past. whoever talks against you is removed (mostly forcefully)...and even within your own family there is evidence of greed and corruption...

No Mr Zuma, you are no president....

A final note to all the racial slurs that will come my way for this article: I would write this letter to any president of any nation and of any color, that has shown such an ineptitude to address the real concerns of the people he should govern, so dont even bother...
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