WHILE critics continue to question President Jacob Zuma’s moral and intellectual ability to lead the country, young author Sabelo “Soweto” Mandlanzi is not shy to defend the president by comparing him to Jacob in the Bible in his book titled Dear Jacob.
NOKULUNGA NGOBESE spoke to him.
Born in Vryheid, but grew up in Pietermaritzburg, Mandlanzi is also the author of Just Teething for a New Thing, which was published in 2012.
He will officially launch Dear Jacob in April.
Amid all the controversy surrounding the president’s leadership abilities, Mandlanzi argues that everything that is happening in Zuma’s life was foreseen before it actually happened.
“The aim [of the book] is to show the government that they can use the Bible as a reference to the policies and strategies implemented in this country.
“I have done a comparative analysis between Jacob the president and Jacob from the Bible. Based on my understanding of the Bible, Jacob was called a thief and a liar, which is what is happening to our president.
“Jacob had 12 sons - the president was born on 12 April and he is the 12th ANC president. He was disowned by his brothers, which is the same as he has been disowned by people he trusted.
“He had a son who was a bully who turned his other children against him, which we have
also seen happening in Parliament. There are many other examples where Zuma’s life is similar to the one lived by Jacob in the Bible,” said Mandlanzi.
While he is aware that the book may open a can of worms, he said his intention is to convince his critics to see beyond the person of the president and understand the role that needs to be played by citizens, and how they can impact on the vision of the country.
“I hope they see that everything that is happening during his [Zuma’s] reign is not new.
“Dear Jacob is a guideline to where and how politics began within the tree line of men and women whom God chose.”