Leadership should not be like an inheritance

2017-11-23 06:00

What is happening in neighbouring Zimbabwe should serve as a wake-up call to our president.

People may tolerate your flaws, but they won’t get fooled twice.

Just like President Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe wants his wife Grace to succeed him. On top of this, he forced out his vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has the support of the military.

The presidency is not a chieftaincy where relatives ascend the throne. A successor is chosen by the people. A competent president should be open to facts and opinions. He should be trustworthy and willing to take the country to the next level. Hillary Clinton was seen as a second Bill Clinton presidency.

Zimbabweans are saying no to Mugabe and Grace! We don’t want Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Great leaders can identify leadership strengths. A president must be capable of ruling the nation, not somebody that wants to leave a family legacy.

Leaders must build a nation, not empires.

Andile Slovo Nyanga

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