Mr President, dont try to impress with your SONA

2015-02-11 16:47

Few hours from now the President of the Republic of South Africa Mr Jacob G Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address. Many have had comments and expectations of what he must focus on in his address.

Many will be looking forward to being inspired, motived and “moved” by his address but we already know that not a lot of people in the mainstream media are in support or like the President.

We also know that many in the opposition are already preparing their opposing messages to the President even before the SONA is delivered. Opposing is their job and they have been excellent at it.

With EFF promising to disrupt the proceeding, we are assured that entertainment wont be provided by the members of the SANDF only but by also the honourable MPs who will act in a so not honourable manner if they fulfil their promise.

But will all of this rest the content of the SONA speech, what the President has done since his last year’s address and what his plans are for the year ahead.

My message to the president is short and I wont repeat what many have been saying or pretending to ask for him.

Mr President

As you already know you are not the most favoured President this is demonstrated daily in public opinions. I find it hard to call you a populist, you are not one. Not being liked or popular comes with increasing pressure of trying to impress everyone, especially those who dont like you.

I am not your adviser but I will if I were you not even attempt to impress or “move” anyone with your speech because truth is, even when it's truly moving and impressive you lead a people who will water it down.

You must address all South Africans understanding that you are not the president of the ANC only but a president of us all, even the FF+ Voters in Orania.

We are a nation of many people, many needs and aspirations and because of this you will never be able to impress everyone. We will all depending from our different backgrounds pick what we think suit us the best from your address and reject those that we believe wont lead us anywhere.

You’re on your second term, people voted for the ANC knowing you will lead the country after it wins elections.

They voted for you knowing about the scandals that have became the only focus for those who profess to be intellectuals and experts. With these scandals they discredit your standing as a leader and as a President of the Republic.They too wont find anything inspiring from your speech.

Former President Thabo Mbeki once wrote to you saying

“there are some in our country and elsewhere in the world who appear on television programmes or contribute newspaper opinion columns as "experts" or "analysts", simply on the basis of their readiness to abandon all ethical considerations and self-respect, to propagate entirely fabricated and negative notions about what our national democratic revolution means to our country and people.

Because of the services some of these have rendered to the opponents of the national democratic revolution, the "experts" and "analysts" and others who market themselves as "intellectuals/academics" have been handsomely rewarded with material possessions as embedded opponents of the national democratic revolution”

There are these people in our society who have a fixed view of you as a leader and nothing will convince them of your ability to lead or move this country forward.

A close check on the promises you made at the last SONA reveal progress and to those who dont have an agenda against you they will be noted.

You have first centralised the tender system and a Chief Procurement Officer has been appointed. This is one of many strategies you took to fight corruption.

More than 55 Villages got water, and more than 130 000 households were added to the electricity grid.

Two Universities have been established and have students already enrolled; 45 schools have been built with 58 getting electrified and 81 getting toilets.

The Youth Wage subsidy you signed in the first month of 2014 is working, as of now it has benefited more than 200 000 youths and the jobs fund is also showing good progress.

These are few of the many things that happened in the past year and I wont bore you repeating what you already know.

The country is facing an energy crisis and you already know and we expect to hear the government taking responsibility for the failures of not rescuing the country from darkness.

On your interaction with Journalists and Editors Sunday at your guest house I was happy to hear you accepting responsibility for government not being able to prevent this crisis.

I am not your adviser, I am an ordinary South African who firmly believes in your work and remains a supporter of your government.

If you tweet Mr President follow me on @EsethuHasane

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