Zuma Must Fall: The ANC must act!

2017-04-04 14:11

Let it be told that the so-called President Jacob Zuma runs a political syndicate. The first stop was to hijack the African National Congress (ANC), transform its organisational culture to be conducive for the operation of a well-organized political syndicate that deals in politics of patronage. In this reality, the core test is on whether the ANC can still be salvaged from its own President who has stood for politics of corruption.

Politicians that are corrupt survive on using noble and just causes to appear as though they are pursuing something virtuous for society, when they know exactly how much they are abusing people’s genuine struggles for their political intentions. Society is nothing but a launching pad for them to enrich themselves and their few cliques. In this instance, loyalty is not to the country or the organisation. The leader accounts to the political syndicate that he leads. This one seems to be marshalled all the way from the Gupta compound in Saxonwold. The intention is to create a political environment of no consequences for those that are in the camp of the President. We have known this from many moons ago that it is possible for countries to be hijacked by their own freedom fighters. We just probably thought South Africa would not see such a day. But the day Zuma took over as president of the ANC it started to be clear that the movement had been hijacked by criminals with a face of the President. South Africans went on to be complicit in the act by voting the ANC to government under the leadership of Zuma.

While South Africa is in a space of rage and fury, Zuma is probably laughing somewhere and quoting from Shakespeare’s Macbeth;

“Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.”

This fleeting understanding of life, makes one believe that no matter how they chose to live it up, it should not matter because the tale will be over. This interpretation of life allows one to hand over themselves to abnormal ways of living, governed by no law, ethics and morality that the majority of people subscribe to. This said, it becomes very clear that moral appeals to the conscience and consciousness of the President will not yield any results. He is devoid of all these virtues that many human beings strive daily to perfect and create a governing normativity. As an expression of a social contract, this normativity is scripted into some recognized document – in our case that is the constitution. Our constitution remains the backbone of our democracy. Once anyone violates the constitution, they ultimately injure the backbone that anchors our rule of law, good governance and some agreed upon normativity. But of course to Zuma these are all meaningless things because constitutions are not meant to have political syndicates as their guardians. It is not a mistake, it is not innocent, Zuma breaks the law knowingly, and he engineers circumstances to be for that purpose.

It is true that this is more about the ANC. The ANC needs to take society seriously and demonstrate that it will no longer allow itself to be a home to a political syndicate. The movement must protect its rich history that runs over a century and disabuse itself from the tormenting leadership of Zuma and his entourage of gangs. The reality here is that the movement risks dying and being remembered for having liberators turned political syndicate hosts. The noble politics and rich values, intellectual rigour and commitment to social justice have all been turned into a politics of a vicious cycle that are occupied by personalities, corruption, patronage, crass materialism and all other things that represent the worst side of politics.

I hear some people saying let us invest in undoing the ills of colonialism and apartheid and see Zuma as an important part of that project. This is the most painful argument to listen to. Zuma has no interest in fighting the legacies of colonialism and apartheid. He does not lose sleep trying to see how to reengineer our society to remove spatial segregation patterns or how to deal with our chronic problem of unemployment. Political syndicates are not in the business of delivering social justice to society. It is the members of the syndicate and their thirst for riches – using state coffers – that occupies their thinking, conversation and planning. If we indeed love this country, we are all duty bound to get the right leaders in place.

If the ANC fails to remove Zuma as President of the Republic of South Africa before the end of April 2017, they would be rendering meaningless the celebration of our Freedom Day. There is no freedom in being led by political syndicates and they must be removed while they have not deeply entrenched themselves in all arms of the state. We continue to celebrate an independent judiciary today, tomorrow it might all be part of our history and not reality.

South Africans must continue to voice this rage, anger and urgency to have Zuma removed as President. The ANC is being given a mandate and it ought to listen. Those leaders in the party who still have the right set of political conscience and consciousness must commit to a generational fight – standing up against one of their own and declaring that enough is enough.

Zuma must fall in order to bring meaning to our constitutional democracy. Yes he was elected but he has lost credibility, he is illegitimate and he has reached a status of incorrigible junk in governance. That cannot go unpunished.

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