Why do we act so surprised, that Jacob Zuma is still president of the nation South Africa on this day February 13th of 2018? It would be better to act surprised, that the sun came up on this day.
It should by now be clear to all who care to see, that the only way for president in waiting Cyril Ramaphosa to entrench his power over the ANC, is (or would have been) to instantaneously, if not faster, remove the blight from the South African landscape that is the arch-criminal Jacob Zuma. It is the singular exercise, and the very minimum, that South Africans, and the world at large expect of him, failing which the criticisms of ‘lame duck’, begin to ring true. Well does Ramaphosa know that with each passing day he is required to bow and scrape before Zuma, his power is diminished, the words of bravado vaporized and the bright aura of ‘saviour’ somewhat dulled. It becomes more and more clear that it will be Zuma, and Zuma alone, who will decide when he is ready to hand over the keys to his office, and when not.
It is unfortunate that again, having learned nothing from their last grave error of judgement in the extreme, the ANC have again chosen a leader that is clearly not beyond reproach, himself. Instead of being able to demand that Zuma vacate his office forthwith or face instant arrest, Ramaphosa is forced to adopt a softly-softly approach to his conquering bête noire, lest the beans of exactly how this nuovo-billionaire came upon his opulent riches, and perhaps what really went down on a koppie near Rustenburg, are spilled.
No, it would be absurd to imagine that the unexplained delay in getting rid of the most universally detested human in the history of South Africa is 'for the sake of the country' - rather it be for the sake of one Cyril Ramaphosa, and the 'negotiations' which must first happen, in order that he may safely take up office, towing the ZumGup/ Mabuza/ Magashule line, without fear of resistance, and quietly shedding the mantle of anti-corruption warrior supreme.
All of which may well be the very best news possible, for free South Africa. After the people having asked for something different, all they see is the same snake having shed its skin, only to reveal the same ANC snake, and only bigger. Anything short of Jacob Zuma and his cronies standing in the dock of the peoples courts of South Africa, will without question signal electoral defeat for the ANC in 2019.
The question is what does Cyril want? For all his wrangling to amount to a paltry eighteen month stint as the most powerful man in Africa if he does the wrong thing, or to watch the ANC implode, if he does what is right. This is the poison chalice that any corrupt chosen as leader of this once liberation movement morphed into international crime syndicate would hold. That is what corruption is, and does – damned if you do, damned if you don’t. There is an irredeemable price for selling one’s soul, and time runs out on every man. And every political party…