South Africa did not anticipate the great Zuma tsunami, and accordingly did not see it coming. Pointing fingers at the previous government does not stop the rolling disaster on the horizon. What happened in 1994, and did the massive betrayal of African National Congress (ANC) members impact on the dangerous situation today?
President Jacob Zuma portrays South Africa as a developing country, and the ambitious plans coupled with job creation is a fantasy blasted toward the majority. The more the ANC flounders from the high employment of cadres and affirmative action, the more the tidal wave of destruction sweeps over the land.
The first ten years of ANC rule was portrayed as a dignified and uplifting spirit of unity among the diverse groups of people in South Africa. Under the Mandela and Mbeki government, the conservative approach of uniting the ethnic groups was paramount. Tearing down the pillars of apartheid and building a new nation of equality, democracy, and respect perhaps rippled caution within the powers of the tripartite alliance. However well Mbeki did with adopting workable policies, the sidelining of the left wing faction allowed the ideology to be blinded to the realities of the situation.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) campaign to win the struggle for the heart and soul of the ANC was not without obstacles. Jacob Zuma was not an ideal candidate to lead the ANC with all the controversies of fraud and corruption charges. A new leader was needed, a leader that would ideally pursue the vision of both COSATU and SACP. The discourse between the tripartite alliance was dominated by points of contention, of who the real frontline party was, and who would be the genuine bearer of national democracy. Both COSATU and the SAPC, being aware of the dependence on the ANC and future viability, campaigned for Zuma to be elected as president.
Zuma has completely abandoned the objectives of freedom. The majority who voted the ANC into power are deprived of inherent rights. Whatever social order is established in South Africa, the essentials of liberty remain hindered by the policies and procedures of communistic elements. The policy of education, the ultimate goal to ensure 100 percent literacy among the people is behind schedule. Literacy, an improvement toward effective democracy, is lost as government inaction to stimulate the importance of education is not a top priority.
South Africa might be regarded as a wealthy country with all the natural and mineral resources, with the bulk of these profits being channeled into the pockets of a few, due to exploitation while leaving the country with social decay. Crime, murder, and theft are widespread in South Africa with a looming 40 percent of the population unemployed. Land issues remain a constant concern, and the slow growing economy is not keeping up with the population growth, problems that the Zuma administration have ignored.
The majority of the South African voters are unemployed youth, oppressed labor strength and disillusioned urban population and are the key to social evolution.The voters receive promises of a better life, prosperity and free services from the Zuma administration, and always believe the lies of the corrupt government.The voters are to blame for allowing the corrupt government to control the future of a once great country.
Zuma was the head of counter-intelligence for the most notorious department within the ANC during 1987 until 1993. A unit that used harsh methods to enforce discipline based on the excited 1984 Mbokodo structure. What happened to the democratic mandate of the ANC? The candidates elected at a national conference to lead the political party are probably chosen by the small cabal of spooks from Lutuli House. A group of cadres that never break a few golden eggs to make a democratic omelet. South Africa’s hopes and dreams are reduced to a backroom surveillance operation; a system that dis-empowers ordinary citizens.
Government fails with a president that fills important positions with cadres of indifferent quality, based on a system that offers no evaluation of individuals. The voter is a pawn in the system and is of no consequence. The finest constitution in the world might be proudly claimed, but the electoral systems subvert the democracy, a system that rewards incompetence.
The people live in shacks, remain unemployed and live in poverty, yet the anger and the blame is not directed at the government, but rather at foreign nationals. The foreigners never voted Zuma into power, never told the president to build a mansion and line the pockets of cadres. Blame Zuma for the diseased state of existence, after all it is the ANC government stealing the money. The lack of laws surrounding border controls leaves our social system open to abuse by foreigners. A condition South Africa cannot afford.
Zuma’s strength lies in the fact that he is not a professional politician but has a massive staunch population of rural blacks and tribal colonies behind him. President Jacob Zuma is a rebel and the head of a dishonest regime. Provocation is ignored. The moral thought of people supporting Zuma as an individual is not party loyalty. People support Zuma through a chain of which some benefit can be attained. There is no party loyalty; there is only ignorance, and nobody cares about the policies, manifesto and freedom charter. The support is all linked to patronage links. The great Zuma tsunami is happening, but South Africa never saw it coming, and people only ignore the looming disaster.
Opinion by Laura Oneale
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