Is Zuma really to blame?
Here’s an interesting question it has been hard to be independently objective about, is it really Zuma’s fault, is he really to be blamed? What about the corruption, is it possible that he is at all corrupt or is it just a matter of bad judgement here and there? Or does he deliberately intend theft fraud etc as per the 783 charges before his presidency. The millions of rand stolen during the building of his home at Nkandla? How does one justify that one, or was he perhaps blameless, surely a president cannot be allowed to worry about the affairs regarding the safety of his home etc. The man has a complex African style setup of a homestead. He is a Nguni gentleman.
What has the real effect of Zuma been, is it fair to compare it with that of his predecessors, might they have been facing completely different issues in the country? What has the substance of Zuma’s doing been in Africa at large, what do his peers say of him in earnest. He sure is an enigma of a man. It has been mostly frustrating to watch him flourish during his political tenure as president of the most powerful Political party arguably in the whole of Africa.
None the less he has not only survived, but he has been seemingly a man with his eye on a particular goal, what that goal is I have no idea. I guess I was not particularly interested in his remarks about what he would concentrate on doing, whether or not he actually did anything of value, I might have been busy fussing about a few mishaps that he may have entangled himself with.
Perhaps that and a few blunders that might have made him a bit more shy if not more like agitated by public discourse. He sure hasn’t been anywhere close to what is termed a media darling these past few years. It sure must be painful to see so many of your people for which you must feel such benevolence towards, so easily turn and consider you the paramount cause of all the countries troubles.
When you cannot even articulate your own frustration with perhaps a hand that has been moving things from the dark. Surely there are parties that have benefited from the way South Africa has been running in the past few years and decades even, perhaps more than just benefit the hand might have attempted if not succeeded to shape certain events and such.
True wonder is who those people are or might be. If I had the resources I would commission a study to actually look at the clauses that were enacted and accepted by the CODESA discussions and agreements known as those sunset clauses.
I would look at the principals that were present in those days of tense debate and compromise no doubt from both sides. What was actually agreed I wonder? What is the status of those agreements I wonder, and even more important, what were the various agenda’s from the different parties. With this background, it would be interesting to now look closer as to what Zuma is really up to.
The optimist in me baffles my senses as I hope to see something to bring back the sunshine come from Zuma himself, perhaps he will surprise us all and turn out to be not so bad after all. Here’s to hope.