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Zuma's recall, the illusion of victory

14 February 2018, 11:45

The nocturnal meeting has brought hope to the lives of ever believing South Africans, the possibility and seeming reality of recalling Jacob Zuma is upon us.

Yet, I find myself neither hopeful nor interested. I seem to be more concerned at how naïve and inattentive South Africans are. I see the leadership deficiency that has become of the ANC. To date I can never quite articulate what wrong Thabo Mbeki did to earn his removal as much as I can’t articulate the man-made difficulty in removing Jacob Zuma with his insurmountable flaws. 

It affirms that rules made by man are never truly objective. The removal of Zuma does not spark hope for me because first it’s long overdue and secondly, will he and his group be held accountable for the gross theft against progress of the country, my guess is no. The sad reality is that Zuma was elected with clouds over his head but everyone chose to overlook them for truth, character and honesty seem to have a price. Agendas were being pushed and eventually the man of questionable integrity was made president.

It seems though that neither the ANC, its supporters nor the general South African mass learn from their mistakes. We are removing Zuma which we should but are replacing him with another man with his own cumulus clouds over his head, the Marikana cloud. We yet again trust another man of questionable standing to lead in the right direction. Einstein would truly see us as insane.

St Cyril is now the saviour of the economy. The Rand loves him, God bless our emotional Rand, which too has no integrity and can be easily appeased by simple words like we will fight corruption coming from the “right” mouth. I fear men who will protect their own interests against all costs; these men lack nobility, integrity and character. They are power hungry and will use power to their full benefit.

I have listened to Cyril in his charming speeches but I lacked depth for he has not spoken to my heart. Our country has a burning issue in the name of free higher education. I have not heard Cyril’s views on this and his action towards making this work, but then again, an educated black youth is a threat to political longevity based on dishing grants and food parcel during voting time.

I however have made peace that all politicians lack authenticity, integrity and are malleable in their convictions. I see the only way to forge ahead in margins being to outgrow politicians, we need to start thinking differently about those who will lead our country and what skills, attitude, and character will be required. We need to start thinking of running the country as a very important business; a business that impacts even the unborn in its success or demise.

Our country is in desperate need for authentic, dynamic, action and positive sustainable impact oriented leadership. The need is however not only in the public sector but in the private sector too. The stench in the private sector is so dangerous because it’s cleverly hidden, unlike the callous display in the public sector. As we welcome the removal of Jacob Zuma, I would like everyone to do introspection. If the spotlight was to shine on you, how would you look?

How are you doing in terms of integrity, leadership, ethics, values and morals? How are you in your little space contributing towards building a better South Africa?  

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