When the fat cat's away, the power thirsty mice will play

2018-02-19 09:13

Valentine’s Day, an annual event that aims to shower happy couples in gooey love while singles can only pull an awkward smile.

Generally, you either go to bed that night excited with a lingering affection, or you lye still and let the feeling of depression fall through your body. However, this year was different among the citizens of South Africa. After the resignation of their president Jacob Zuma a mutual wave of thrill, relief, and even surprise swept over the land.

For almost eight years Zuma controversially ran the country where he was involved in more scandals than a Russian athlete.

Furthermore, his kleptomaniac rule saw him steal from the rich, but he never really got round to giving to the poor. Yet due to his sly and cunning strategic decisions he managed to cling to power and continue the widespread corruption until his abrupt resignation. Suddenly we’ve all been caught up in the occasion that it’s blinded us from noticing the rather large elephant slowly making its way into the room.

Much of the media in South Africa have focused on two scapegoats for the country’s shortcomings, Zuma and the Guptas. In truth the blame has been warranted, but ultimately it has allowed far too many members of the ANC to slip under the radar and into the darkness. Let us not forget that these are the people who have kept Zuma in power. The people that sabotaged the no confidence votes. The people that still remain at large in the party that still runs the country. What then is new?

This is all before we even touch on the dark horse that is Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected president of South Africa. On the one hand, Ramaphosa was described by previous president, and national icon, Nelson Mandela as one of the most gifted leaders of the new generation. Quite rightly an admirable compliment. However on the other hand he has been known to vote in favour of Jacob Zuma in a number of motion of no confidence votes.  

Whenever a heavily controversial figure like Zuma hope springs eternal in the hearts of all people. We cannot help but be overwhelmed with optimism. Nevertheless in the background there is almost certainly a power struggle in the background. With elections fast approaching in 2019 many of us will wonder which politicians will quietly wait to stun their prey.     

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