South Africa Failing Democracy – Spotlight on Jacob Zuma

South Africa

The truth behind the failing democracy continues, and the spotlight falls on the current South African president, Jacob Zuma. Jacob Zuma  is a striking and unique character. His individual qualities whilst serving in the highest rank of land show a dedication and commitment to the country, and at the same time reveals how difficult and exhausting this task can be.

Spotlight on Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma is the fourth democratic president of South Africa, and  served as Deputy while under the reign of Thabo Mbeki. Zuma is no stranger to politics and holds an esteemed high position in the African National Congress (ANC).

Jacob Zuma has been criticized over the past two years for his enduring countless acts of self-enrichment and masterminding devious plans, hiding behind unscrupulous characters and favoring criminals. Every event or word uttered from his mouth is broadcast in the media, which is largely under the control of several Intelligence agencies with their own agendas. He is portrayed as a no good president. As previously mentioned, Jacob Zuma is a traditionalist and should be respected for his cultural beliefs; it is unfair to judge him based on his tradition. Yes, Mr. Zuma is a charming, intelligent and courageous man. It is said that he is a terrific husband, father and grandfather. He will sacrifice his life for his family; their wellbeing and safety is paramount. Jacob Zuma is also married to the ANC and is a dedicated and loyal member. He treats the party as a family member, and perhaps that is the problem, and why other members to look upon his popularity as a threat.

Is there a conspiracy to topple president Zuma?

Upon training and learning from the initiation schools, many cultures and traditions learn the survival mechanism. Yet the biggest lesson master was never to be caught committing any wrong doing. This culture follows all the way to the highest position of the land.

Previous presidents were underhanded and dishonest; corruption flowed steadily from the Nelson Mandela leadership and continued throughout the Thabo Mbeki reign. Corruption is rife under the Zuma government and will continue to grow.

The problem is that under the rule of the previous presidents, there was little or no disclosure of corruption or misconduct by the government officials, yet Jacob Zuma is always portrayed in a negative light through the media. Every encounter he undertakes is mentioned through the media, and this causes the president to appear as a greedy, corrupt and evil person.

Are there other people who want Jacob Zuma to fall? There is there real possibility that several high ranking individuals are strategizing the end of the Zuma government.

The Zuma government is linked to American support, and this does tend to make other people nervous. Several people, including Thabo Mbeki, Moeletsi Mbeke, Cyril Ramaphosa, Matthew Phosa, Tokyo Sexwale and Jeff Radebe, are linked to the MI6 from Britain.

These members are in direct opposition to the Zuma government and continue to plot cunning and underhanded ways to destroy him as leader of South African and remove him from the African National Congress (ANC) political party.

A vast amount of media channels in South Africa are under the South Africa Intelligence Services Department, and often news bulletins presented to the public often transmits only part of the truth. The direct control of government influence over the media has its benefits, and freedom of speech is not a practiced actuality in this country.

Letter to President Zuma December 30, 2013
Letter to President Zuma December 30, 2013

Will Jacob Zuma survive the cunning underhanded schemes against him and continue to lead the country for another five years? Zuma can change this whole situation and do something right. He must expose the corruption within the government departments and ensure the public have the truth.

Editorial By Laura Oneale

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Photo by Martin Power

10 Responses to "South Africa Failing Democracy – Spotlight on Jacob Zuma"

  1. theagent   March 23, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I believe the heading is irresponsible journalism. How does corruption directly indicate a failing democracy? Therefore every democracy is failing? If someone simply reads the heading they would immediately link SA with other truly failing states. South Africa has a corruption problem, but also has a thriving democracy. The South African government is the 2nd most transparent globally. Balance people please!

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  2. lilly   February 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    African leaders say the west is the problem. Is Zuma a problem created by the west.

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  3. JH   February 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

    And so Erasmus speaks BS again. Get a job you afrikaans speaking white male.

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  4. Debbie Bailey   January 23, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Holy mackerel, are you kidding me! First off, he’s the third president, not the fourth and he is absolutely corrupt. This is a dictator parading as a democratic president…I was so shocked to read this, you obviously don’t know anything at all. Did you get paid by the ANC for this story or just the media outlet? You should really give your head a good shake before you pretend to know what you’re writing about. Still shaking my head at you.

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  5. Save SA   January 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

    JJ and what use will foreign Intel have by getting rid of Zuma?

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    • JJ   January 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Why foreign intel services want to get rid of zuma?
      Look at the history
      The British have been dominant for centuries in Southern Africa
      Zuma has never been a big British fan
      The influence of the London School of Economics is not applicable to him.
      The new war is about resources in Africa specifically oil.
      Zuma is not under British control hence all the so called problems around him being amplified!!

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  6. JJ   January 1, 2014 at 2:25 am

    This is the most interesting comment

    Patrick Schutte does not understand that one cannot be like a Don Quichote iro corruption.
    Zuma has been set up by the names mentioned in collaboration with foreign Intel services.
    In order to manage corruption one has to tack your sails.
    Why have we not been criminally charged?
    Because we have done everything correct in the law.
    Where are these people who comment when it comes to our issues?

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  7. SIDNEY COAD WILLIAMS   January 1, 2014 at 1:49 am

    THERE ARE MANY POLITICIANS WORLDWIDE WHO ARE DEVIOUS, CORRUPT AND THRIVE ON SELF ENRICHMENT AT TAX PAYERS EXPENSE. THE CITIZENS OF AFFECTED COUNTRY’S DEMAND SERVICE DELIVERY EXCELLENCE.WHICH ONLY A GOVERNMENT BASED ON MERIT CAN DELIVER.. MERIT CONSISTS OF THREE QUALITIES AND THEY ARE: HONESTY, CIVILITY AND COMPETENCE. WHEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HIDE THEIR MEANS OF QUESTIONABLE SELF ENRICHMENT BY PROMOTING LAWS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES THE PEOPLE RESORT TO DESTRUCTIVE PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS. WAKE UP TO REALITY BEFORE THE PEOPLE WORLDWIDE LOSE THEIR PATIENCE AND RESORT TO DESTRUCTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS.

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  8. Patrick Schutte   December 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Reading your editorial, it seems that you are extremely niave with regards to Jacob Zuma and his cadres. Please take your rose tinted spectacles off and do proper research. You should find there are no “cunning, underhanded schemes” just simply corruption and un-accountability rife all the way to the the president’s home, Nkandla. In fact, you can include the 783 charges that were swept under the carpet, the Arms deal, and a bunch of other questionable issues. yet you imply all the prior presidents were corrupt and underhanded, and Zuma squeaky clean. Wake up and smell the coffee!!!

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    • Leon   January 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

      The objective track record of Jacob Zuma reflects that of a sociopath. The golden rule with the sociopath is to take seriously his track record, but to ignore the person-to-person impression he makes on you. That’s because the sociopath’s raison d’être, his basic survival skill, is to charm those suckers under his spell into submission. It’s significant that Zuma chose as his spokesman a guy who’s well known for his lies and deceptions.

      — Leon van den Berg,
      Johannesburg

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