Thuli Madonsela For President?

2016-04-19 20:45

Thuli Madonsela for President?

Thuli Madonsela for President!

Local and international media headlines have been dominated by news of the South African Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla matter. Articles and blogs and airwaves abound with expert opinion and analyst quotes regarding the future of the country. Even the embattled Rand, long regarded as the whipping boy of currencies by forex traders, rallied to pre-Nene malarkey lows against the Greenback.

In all the joyous celebration of justice prevailing at the highest court in the land, one couldn't help but wonder at the response from the ANC Women's League.

Once proudly seen to be the bastion of rights and equality for all women, the league was previously led by tremendously strong and accomplished female icons. However, this arm of the ruling party has of late become much of a disappointment in championing the cause of the fairer sex.

An organization with as much clout and influence as the ANC Women's League cannot be seen to be struggling with the advancement of women's rights. It certainly can't blunder on the issues facing women.

One will recall the "Steenkamp must rot in jail" comment by none other than the league spokesperson. This blunder would have been funny had the headlines across every media format not made evidently clear that Steenkamp was in fact the victim, and Pistorius the accused. News24Link

More recently, the exposing by some of their members of buttocks and breasts at a Tshwane protest against the outcome of their party's general meeting didn't win them much favor. Social media was quick to react at the insensitivity and irony of the champions of women's rights, expressing themselves with lewdness and gratuitous nudity. News24Link

Less than 24hours after the Constitutional Court ruling, the Women's League once again found itself in the headlines; this time for showing its unwavering support for the President after the judgement. No surprises there. News24Link

The ruling party has been challenged to find within it's ranks a suitable female candidate to lead the country from the highest seat of power; to have the Office Of The President being run by a female head of state.

Many suitable candidates with sterling leadership records and more that the required skill-set have been discussed and proposed. Many elders within the party leadership think the time could be right. Citizens from all walks of life outside the party would not disagree.

If a poll were done immediately after the Constitutional Court ruling, and if anything of substance could be taken from callers on talk-radio stations across the country, there would be an unprecedented landslide victory for one name: Advocate Thuli Madonsela.

She has been the finest example of integrity and measured calmness this country has seen in recent years. That statement holds true across all sexist and political lines. She seems to be a unifying force able to harness popular opinion by her sense of righteousness and honesty.

As an active member of the ANC, and one who has turned down positions of ANC MP before in favor of better serving the cause of justice through the Public Protectors office, her candidacy now for the highest office in the land could not come at a better time. A time when the people she serves, most need her leadership and guidance.

Her credentials are sterling and void of the kind of scandal and blemish which has become the hallmark of the Zuma presidency. She clearly has the intellect for the job. Having started off as a teacher from humble beginnings, moving up through the law fraternity until achieving her Doctorate Of Law, Advocate Thuli Madonsela has accomplished much more than can be said for President Zuma in the field of academia.

Many may not know that she was part of the team who had put together the final draft for our much lauded constitution, promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela himself in 1996.

After all is said and done, it is really her integrity which sets her apart from the current leadership. She has the trust of the nation across all political and racial divides.

It is for this very reason that she would be the perfect candidate to once again unite the nation and restore faith in our constitution and democracy.

The nation needs a name at the helm of SS South Africa which we can be proud of.

A name the nation can hunker down to, comfortable in the knowledge that we can be steered out of these choppy seas the Zuma administration got us into.

It is time the nation had a woman of integrity captaining our ship

President Thuli Madonsela

Finally a name that would make all the headlines for all the right reasons.

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