Many South Africans are of the opinion that corruption taints the office of President Jacob Zuma and his inability to address it may lead to him tendering his resignation. Survey polls have suggested that unhappy South Africans want Zuma gone. Zuma has been seen by the populous as being ineffective in governing issues.
In media tweets, disgruntled South Africans stated Zuma should resign and step down as the president of the African nation. One tweeter stated,“Zuma should say I am tendering my resignation because I am not fit, to hold the office.”
Another stated, “Zuma’s speech should include the words, “I Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, after careful consideration, and in the best interests of my country and the ANC, resign.” While many expressed discontent, they were not specific about the reasons for his ouster. Some have hinted that corruption taints Jacob Zuma, as the president of the South African nation.
Zuma in response to his plummeting popularity, has initiated measures to institute a change movement for South Africa. “I have decided to make changes to the national executive,” he said in a press conference. Zuma’s plan is to replace five senior ministers of his cabinet in attempt to bolster change in the government.
Tokyo Sexwale, once a commander of the ANC’s armed wing and administrative rival was dismissed from his post as minister for human settlements. Sexwale served prison time with Nelson Mandela and was seen as a contender for the post of president in South Africa. The 60-year old is one of South Africa’s richest men.
In addition, Zuma dismissed communications minister Dina Pule, she was part of a corruption probe that revealed she dispensed political favors to her alleged lover.
“Twenty years of democracy have changed the face of our country, and the last five years have pushed that change forward,” Zuma said as he thanked the departing cabinet member for their service.
The ministers of energy and transport switched posts eliminating the loss their jobs. The major shock was the survival of Angie Motshekga, minister of basic education. She was involved in a scandal that left kids in one province without textbooks for an entire year.
Zuma’s critics expressed concerns of him maintaining Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ncgakula as defense minister. He was suspected of negligence in the deaths of 15 South African troops in the Central African Republic. He also kept on board agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, her inability to deal with labor unrest issues have made her a liability.
It should be noted that the constitutional court dropped corruption charges against Zuma shortly before he became president. This controversial move has cast a skeptical eye on the presidency of Jacob Zuma and his governing ability.
“Is the president just moving chairs? His inability to do anything about an under performing administration is going to raise questions,” said political analyst Ralph Mathekga, of Clear Content Consulting.
Corruption taints South African President Jacob Zuma and Mzukisi Qobo, a political risk analyst, stated, “Zuma is caught between a rock and a hard place, if he appoints someone who is strong with integrity, that person may act independently to expose corruption in government.”
By Thomas Barr