Zuma criticism is not only racist but tribal and classist at times

2014-02-14 13:16

South African is a country full of self haters, people who don't like themselves first as a people in ONE Nation.

South Africans have made remarkable progress since 1994 but they don't want to admit progress they made themselves, working with their government because they are self haters.

Maybe I should not just blame this on self-hating, it also has to do mostly with how individuals view themselves compared to others. How classes, races and sometimes tribes view each other.

South Africa is a ZEBRA nation, not a rainbow one. It's in Black and White. You have a group of white people who don't want to believe in progress made by a black government and I don't blame them; apartheid created a stereotype that blacks are failures, thus it's hard to see the progress blacks have made since 1994.

Then, there is classicism and tribalism within the black community. If you're black and educated you're given  high status by the black community and anyone you encounter.

If educated, whites look at you differently. You are not like the other blacks, you are kind of like "THE CHOSEN ONE" in those chinese movies. Education gives you social power, you get respect.

Blacks and Whites go like "YOU CAN SIT WITH US", because education gives you oppertunities while it blocks others who are seemingly uneducated.

It always confuses me though... intellectual wealth is not something acquired in Universities, rather it is through our social experiences and learning.

You can have many degrees and still be an idiot. You can have many degrees but suck as a leader.

I can't say I'm better than a person who has no matric because I have a qualification from UCT. The intellectual wealth I have is unique, it's unlike that of someone who only has matric. But it is not necessarily better.

In fact, it might be worse because education turns some of us into asses who think they are better than the uneducated.

Which then brings me to my argument.

While many were happy with President Zuma's SONA, there was obviously people who were not going to be happy: the classists, the racists and the trialists. And obviously the Opposition for political point scoring.

The criticism based on classicism, tribalism and racism leveled against Jacob Zuma is uncalled for. The black middle class was raised by strong black women and men with no education because Apartheid deprived them of it. You will find the same people whose mothers can not read and write mocking their president's delivery of the speech.

It also comes from whites who are racist, and some who are not racists but classist like the black middle class.

I also blame Xhosas because they still mourn the dismissal of President Mbeki. That blinds their judgement of Zuma, and this is where the tribalism is found. COPE has a strong support base in the Xhosa dominated Eastern Cape because it took advantaged of disgruntled Xhosas.

BTW - I'm Xhosa, I believe Mbeki was the best we ever had, but my like for Mbeki will never blind me. I refuse.

I'm no way saying ALL whites are racists and ALL Blacks are tribalist and classist. I am also not saying our leaders should not be criticised.

Of course all leaders should be criticized, but a lot of Zuma criticism is uncalled for and unfair.

Our  dislike for Zuma should not make you an idiot who says his administration has done nothing when FACTS prove it has, sukhamisa utyhale, uzosinukisala ngomtyekezo.

President Zuma has been serving in government since 1994, he was not a statue that was brought to life and made President in 2009.

The argument that he highlighted Mandela's and Mbeki's achievement is whack and weak considering he served under Mandela and was Deputy President to Mbeki. Its like saying Kgalema cant highlight achievements of the Zuma administration.

At least when you say President Zuma has done nothing to provide proof to dispute the already existing one that says he has. If you can't, you become a hauling  idiot.

Some will use Nkandla, e-tolls, Guptas and other things that managed to headline in the Zuma administration. But if you think these are justification of your "Zuma has done nothing" argument then you're displaying a level of ignorance and blind judgement you fight against so passionately.

Let's look at what Zuma said:

Zuma says service-delivery protests are not a function of disgruntlement with the government’s service delivery record but a result of the impatience of the few (5%) with the success of the government.

I partially agree here with him, its not only because of success but also the slow delivery of services and in most cases the incapacity to manage the existing services delivered.

Example, people don't protest because they don't have taps, but because they have them, but there has been no water coming out for a week in some cases.

The war against corruption continues, and 1 542 public officials have been sacked following tipoffs to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline.

This is to be commended, all anti-corruption institutions active, including the office of The Public Protector are results of the ANC's will to fight corruption. Of course, the groups I mentioned earlier will laugh at this, forgetting Thuli Madonsela was appointed by President Zuma.

At 15 million, more people are employed now than there have been in any time in our history. A total 650 000 of those jobs were created last year.

A total of 3.7 million work opportunities were delivered over the past five years, creating skills and income for the unemployed.

In 2009, president Zuma promised 5 Million jobs, but after 5 years, 3.7 million jobs have been created. Not bad to the sober minded individuals who know of the economic global recession that hit after Zuma took office. We are a country in a global economy, blows to it will shake us to the ground.

Zuma also said regulations will be crafted to ensure that the youth wage subsidy does not displace old workers.

Youth Wage subsidy came into effect on the 1 of January this year to curb unemployment for unskilled youths.

NB: Youth Wage is not for graduates, their unemployment remains below 6% (check University of Stellenbosch Study).

The unemployment of matric holders is at 26% and that of non-degree, non-matric holders is over 40%. This is the group the Youth Wage is designed for.

On land reform, the President said  5 000 farms have been transferred back to black people, benefiting 200 000 families. Here government admits is failures in meeting its set targets. Like Malema, I don't support this compensating people for land that has made them rich and which they stole.

Mother-to-child HIV transmission went down sharply, and people receiving ARV drugs has shot up from one million to 2.4 million.

The U.N uses South Africa as a model country for its success here, life expectancy went from 54 to 60 years under the Zuma admin, and he heads the U.N Hiv%Aids fight programme. Self-haters only would not be happy with this.

The judiciary has been transforming, and now has 61% black judges. However, more needs to be done to get the gender balance right. Affirmative Action and Gender Equity bill by the ANC government will bear more fruits here, they are visible already.

10 new hospitals have been built or refurbished throughout the country in the Zuma era.

Over 300 schools have been built, most of which are in Eastern Cape. And two new universities have been build. A third one will be build in the next administration as said in the Manifesto.

Government will hold mining houses accountable for their social plan targets, which include improving living condition for workers by 2014.

NB: This BLOG only highlighted few of many achievement of the past 5 years. There is a more clear picture that could be painted if we put all 20 years, it will be one that tells a story of South Africans working together to move forward.

A story of a once financially, morally, and political tolerant bankrupt nation that has grown to be exemplary to many young democracies and developing countries in  the world.

It wont be a story of a perfect nation but one faced with many challenges but with a will to fight and overcome them.

We South Africans, working together with our government  have moved South Africa forward, and provided a better life for all, its time to take ownership of that.

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If not tired of reading here are some of the good to know things that have happened in the Zuma administration.

R2.7 billion was set aside for Youth Entrepreneurship and support. And R7 billion for the Youth Wage.

Gautrain, BRT system in Metros such as JHB and CT with construction ongoing in Durban, Tshwane, Rustenburg.

850 000 Houses build for the poor, bringing the total to 3.6 milllion.

500 Informal settlements eradicated

2 Million more learners benefiting to no-fee school programme, brings the total to 7 million.

9 Million learners receive free daily meals in schools.

Number of much needed teachers graduating grew from 6 000 in 2009 to 13 000 in 2012. Teacher colleges to be brought back.

Kha-Ri Gude Mass Literacy reached 3.7 Million adults within 5 years, exceeded the Millenium Development gold of halving illiteracy by 2015.

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