Open letter to President Jacob Zuma from an ordinary citizen

2016-05-10 06:00

Mr President,

I was tempted to say “Dear Mr President”….but I won’t because there is no time for niceties and courtesy in this hour - and I will get to the point quickly.

For the record I am a very ordinary citizen of KwaDukuza and hold no office like the many noble leaders that assembled at Constitution Hill on 6 April 2016 to make statements on the matter of your presidency.

Mr President I am certain that you are aware that there are groundswell of opinion and opposition to you continuing to serve as the president of our country. In my humble view you would have limited the damage to our country (and the ANC) had you gracefully stepped down after the damning and definitive Constitutional Court ruling – however you chose to stay; and sadly the ANC majority ensured that you continue in office by voting against the impeachment motion tabled by opposition parties in parliament.

History is going to judge you and the once noble ANC - the same ANC that was in the forefront of the liberation struggle and brought a democratic dispensation for our nation. I am still of the opinion that there are many “good men” of conscience in the ANC that are silent and allowing “evil” to prosper; for it has been rightly said “that evil prospers where good men remain silent”.

How do you sleep Mr President? (if at all you do). Your track record as president speaks for itself. Your term in office has been punctuated by one bungle after another and you have limped from one controversy to another: charges of rape; the Nkandla debacle and your association with the Gupta family to name a few. May I remind you Mr President that you are RSA’s number one citizen. Would you blame me, as an ordinary citizen, for concluding that you have not carried yourself with the dignity and character that the high office demands. From your conduct and statements I get the impression that you relish being in the centre of all these accusations and controversies.

Mr President you have tarnished the image of that noble office and my sympathy lies with the future incumbent who has to restore the image of that office. Sadly I will have to say I have lost all respect for you as president and my prayer is that the sooner you go, the better.

Mr President there is a beautiful isiZulu expression that reads “Ayikho indlela engcono yokwenza into embi” and translated in English this would loosely read as follows “There is no right way to do the wrong thing”. This is exactly what you (and your NEC) are guilty of. You cannot justify your evil and greedy actions no matter what justification you may use. Wrong is wrong. Period. Do not, Mr President, continue to justify your actions. The ordinary people (like me) have seen through you.
As someone recently said “you have been weighed and found wanting”. I am reminded that it is only righteousness and truth that will prosper our nation.

Finally you are warned Mr President that the country and its people - like it did prior to 1994 - will not rest until you are removed from office. I am confident that the ordinary people will once more rise to rid our country of all that holds it back from being a peaceful and prosperous nation. Be reminded that millions of South Africans are living in poverty; often homeless and jobless. Your actions have worsened the economic outlook and billions have been lost through your ineptitude and grafting. How can you justify the opulence and luxury that you want to live in when the country weeps.

How do you sleep Mr President? For the peace of your mind; your health and indeed your life I implore you to do the right thing…for there is no right way to do the wrong thing!

Ordinary citizen
M. Sambiah


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