Friday, 1 May 2009

Zuma – South Africa’s president

There was no surprise for what proved to be a resounding victory for Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC). Zuma is the come back kid of all time; the man who against all odds came back from political abyss. In 2005 he was sacked as deputy leader of the ANC by then South African president Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki..

Zuma never forgot that sacking, aggrieved and fuming he publicly waged a bitter feud; fighting tooth and nail against his nemesis Mbeki. It was true to Zuma’s character and his Zulu fighting instincts, which resulted in Mbeki resignation following a loss in vote of no-confidence within the ANC party.

Mbeki resigned in shame after he was accused and publicly criticised by a South African judge for interfering in a court case against Zuma. Zuma at the time was being tried for corruption, the basis of a multimillion dollar arms deal that went sour.

Zuma has never shielded from controversy, fighting corruption charges for nearly 7 years and was recently found not guilty. Showing that he can be focused, determined with a mentality of a warrior.

Zuma’s judgement has to be questioned following his involvement in a rape trial with a lady who was known to have HIV. Zuma’s candid and somehow ill judged comments during the court case, stating that he had a shower so as to washing away any infection of the disease. Hence such comments only served to fuel concerns across the world that he may not be the best candidate to be in charge of South Africa.

Despite facing a recession, South Africa’s economic development has been sound and good with average growth of 5% a years. Recent inclusion in the G20 elite club of nations only confirm that South Africa is a supper power on the African continent. South Africa providing a magnet for refugees from Zimbabwe and Africans from across Africa in search of jobs and a better life.

It is a fact that life for most South African’s is a struggle and a constant strive for jobs. It is not surprising, as was witnessed last year how frustrated South African’s unleashed xenophobic violence against other Africans, who were competing for same jobs in their country.

Despite the ANC’s electoral victory, they failed to achieve the magic 2/3rd majority that would have allowed the Zuma’s government to change the constitution unimpeded; allowing sweeping reforms to be implemented.

New advances by opposition party (DA) Democratic Alliance and that of (COPE) Congress of the People; is a clear indication that ANC’s dominance on the political scene may be coming to an end.

Young South Africans who are the next generation are finding it increasingly difficult to support an ANC that is unable to address the issues of poverty. Zuma’s ANC is now desperate to keep their hardened supporters whom have been part of their transition from a liberation movement to that of a political party. Zuma and his ANC must be mindful that they have been ridding the wave of liberation for a while, despite 15 years of widening poverty gap, disease and lack of housing and jobs for large numbers of South Africans.

If Zuma is to survive and thrive as president of South Africa he must provide confidence to 3 million tax paying white South Africans who make a significant contribution to the economy, whom more than likely have dual passport holders, poised to leave and move elsewhere if Zuma does not deliver.

The Enigmatic Zuma is a proud Zulu who will have to endure challenges and issues from all sides providing confidence and resolving problems as he goes along. His survival is now dependant on his ability to negotiate with the unions, despite their strong influence in South African politics; constantly campaigning for better working conditions, equal pay and job creation for all South Africans.


Sally - UK said...

I can remember watching 'Cry Freedom' and thinking that I'd never see the day when South Africa would hold free elections. Despite the allegations of corruption & the continued poverty, reading your post gives me the same goosepimples I had when I came out of the cinema the night I watched the above film, but these are GOOD goosepimples!

mohamed boye said...

I am not very comfortable with all that is happening in South Africa begining with the resignation of Mr Mbeki.
Mr Zuma was facing a charge for some com plication in an arms deal that has very strong connections with the Equatoral Guinea failed coup.Mr Mbeki was negotiating a deal between a very stubborn Mr Mugabi,his friend, and Mr Tangveri.
Mr Mbeki got the boots out of some remote pressure as is always the case with covert manipulation of the neo colonialist apparat.
Now a once united black electoral force has been divided and like it seems on ethnic lines and the new splinter party when it gains momentum after Mr Zuma would have fumbled will divide the country into distinct geopolitical lines as it is the case in Sierra Leone,Kenya etc.
I am saying this because I would be very much surprised for Mr Zuma to preform as my views of him are; he is a practical jocker and deceptive.

Omar Kamara said...

he worries me,though. i hope he continues to suround himself with great talents, and listen to the right advices

Mahmoud Guira said...

We need to get out of the elitist approach that wants us to believe that because Zuma is not intellectual, we should be concern. People of S. Africa elected him because they believe he is the man who can address their concerns. So, please let's trust the majority of South Africans for their choice. And good luck Mr president

Lizo said...

I think despite of all the allegations against Zuma we should give him a chance to prove to the nation that he is worthy of helping South Africa improve it's conditions, and also add more value towards the economy. All the past leaders had their own way of leadership in South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela played his role by uniting the South African nation also introducing it to other countries, Mr Mbeki helped SA by coming up with strategies to boost our economy, and now we looking forward to what Mr Jacob Zuma brings us.

The most dominant problem of South African's are, poverty, infrastructure, education, employment and crime. But what I think is the main highlight is education, because that can help our people come up with more solutions for South Africa. The more educated the people are, the more people will have jobs, and the lesser the crime rate will decrease because education creates reasoning.

Poverty equals more crime especially when there are rich people existing.

mohamed boye said...

I do not believe interlectuals are the best of leaders.As a matter of fact they are a part of the problem of Africa.
My concern with the zuma persidenct is that it may divide south Africa along ethinc lines.
This was the case in Sierra Leone back in the 50s when the only party of the majority provincials,the SLPP divided because of internal rift and power struggle to result in a new party now the APC.Both parties bieng basically divided on regional and ethinc lines.
Years later it was war ,poverty etc!
Also as a psychologist and some one experienced in the study of faces and how they tell ones character ,I find Mr Zuma toi be deceptive and covert!