A nation on tenterhooks, a nation waiting in exasperation for sanity to prevail; a nation hopeful that leaders will eventually see reason and do the right thing.
Sanity shall prevail, eventually – but by then some of us would have lost a few kilograms while the rest of us would have lost a few snoozes of sleep. It seems unfair (downright crazy in my opinion) that one man has been allowed so much power that he can hold a whole 50-something-million people to ransom, with a smoking gun in one hand.
Jacob Zuma, as proven so many times before, is not a very rational person. Who can trust the rationality of a person that has a colourful history of flip-flopping through issues that involved him, throughout an entire 9 years of being in power?
From when he said publicly that he will only serve for one term, to when he and his team claimed Nkandla was a national key point (and later told us it is another man’s kraal); the man changed a swimming pool into a fire-pool, the man claimed that he will not leave office until the ANC tells him to do so – and now he tells the ANC that the people still love him and he will not leave office. Now who in their right mind can ever trust a man like that?
I am willing to bet my last cent I don’t have that Jacob Zuma’s motto is still “no retreat – surrender only through death”. The deadly thing about this is that he has so much to loose – a legacy as well as his freedom. I don’t think he is particularly worried about his legacy though, I think he is more worried about his freedom, a freedom which if he has committed those crimes with Shabir Shaik, he does not deserve.
To make matters worse for the ANC and the nation by default, the man has surrounded himself with people whose careers rely 100% on pleasing Jacob Zuma’s beg and call. He is worse than Robert Mugabe with his antics; yes, they both refused to leave office and were convinced they are God’s gift to the nation – but Robert Mugabe is a very educated man and when he realized that he has used up all his tricks, he took a back seat and allowed others to do his dirty bidding until he used the last card, then he raised his arms and surrendered.
The ANC as a collective – has only themselves to blame for this mess. For one, they allowed greed to set within the organization; the entire fabric of the organization is now enmeshed with greed. Greed led to corruption, in order to maintain itself. Corruption led to impunity (or delusions thereof). Impunity led to arrogance and this was the undoing of the whole mess. It took 24 years for this mess to advance, it will take even longer to unravel; but I don’t see the ANC living long enough beyond the Zuma era to see it through.
The ANC nailed the nail to their own coffin the day the accepted the first bribe – that was way back to even before the Arms Deal. They knew that we were watching, but they thought they are clever than us and they will just hide their tracks and get away with it. They were convinced that they are too powerful for justice to eventually catch on and catch up with them; talk about a false sense of impunity or a delusion of grandeur.
Over the Zuma era, the leadership has over-protected Zuma, even when they knew very well that it was at the detriment of the party and the country; I remember the "rule till Jesus comes" comment, I remember the "dubbing". This over-protectionism could not have been at the benefit of the man alone – they were in on this and they were in in a big way.
And now, the man who has professed to respect the wishes of the party has dug his heels in and told the same party to take a hike. Jacob Zuma is a street fighter rather an intellectual – I bet you the rumour is true which claims that he has a file of dirt on all his fellow politicians and he is threatening to let it slip into the hands of the ANN7 crew the moment they come a bit too close for his liking. Knowing how the Gupta crew rolls, I am sure they are salivating at the prospect.
Those who think the current ANC leadership is treating Jacob Zuma with kid gloves are gravely mistaken because they are not - they are scuttling for cover to protect themselves, in case the man lets rip with his missiles which could easily bring the entire house on them; they know very well that their chances of survival are very slim should that eventuality occur. That is the only genuine reason I can conclude, considering Zuma’s antics since the dawn of the post-Zuma era.
I have been paying special attention to his freestyled speeches in KwaZulu-Natal when he spoke in Zulu; and I can only see one arrogant man – this arrogance can only come from a knowledge that he is "untouchable" or if he goes down he will be taking a whole lot of people with him. That knowledge must be giving him such a sense of powerfulness, I shudder to think what he would do; but then again maybe he should so that the country can deal with this mess once and for all.
What I hate about the whole situation is the fact that it has cost the poor taxpayers of this country millions of rands over the years in missed opportunity for better healthcare, improved skills and education development and failed service delivery. What I hate even more is that this mess is still costing us to this day and it will continue to cost us for the foreseeable future.
My appeal to Zuma
Come on Zuma – even your blinded-by-arrogance self can see that you have reached a point of no return and during times like this surrendering is the only sensible thing to do. We know you are a soldier and a street fighter, but there is really no need for you to take the country down with you just to prove your delusion of power to the world.
You have always claimed that you are for the poor (radical economic transformation mantra) – don’t you realise that the more you stay in office, the more the poor are being disenfranchised because now all the attention and resources are focused on you rather than on real fiscus issues?
It’s time to say Dubai, my dear Msholozi.