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Since coming into power, the highly publicised and profoundly controversial former South African President, Jacob Zuma, has, without question, travelled a journey unlike any before in the country’s history.
Being the man who brought you smash hits like Umshini Wami and Julius Malema, after years of living above the law, it would appear the former President has flown too close to the sun, and like Icarus, is currently plummeting back to earth. The problem apart from the obvious would be the disturbing fact that our dear Zuma has perpetuated a culture of untouchable status for those in the “loop” over the past years.
Unfortunately, this loop has grown into a tornado, depleting South Africa and spinning its grip clean off the merry-go-round.
From Municipalities to various SOEs (State-owned Enterprises), South Africa is running on borrowed fumes. It is to the point that many towns and cities do not even have a functional Municipality, let alone one not currently under administration. Train stations, hospitals and schools under the Government’s care have moved past unmaintained and now enjoy the horrific reality called, “you are on your own”. The economy is the victim of not only a global pandemic but decades of mass unpunished corruption. The Government is so packed with new millionaires and billionaires, the place looks like a Fortune 500 convention, remembering no one is aloud to be involved in business if in Government—yet the people keep cheering.
The standard of education was meant to be prized post Apartheid, as the douchebags removed math and science in the old days. But today, the level and standard of education in the government sector are laughable. Not only are the issues not remedied, but thanks to the loop, the funds are corrupted out in buckets, literally stealing money from the impoverished, previously disadvantaged children. Can you not see the cruel irony in all of this?
Let us not forget, Zuma is the man accused and currently on trial for heinous acts against his country and the very people presently defending him. The former President plundered his countrymen while looking them straight in the eye, stating he had their best interests at heart.
The man owns a billion Rand home, yet SARS never picked up an issue even though the President earns a set salary. I mean, one would assume that owning a house in a rural area worth more than business parks combined should raise a “reddie” (Red Flag). This once again showcases the “loop” or, should I rather say, “Tornado”.
But despite all of this, various South Africans have stated that they will defend him, even if it means losing their own life in the process—as they will not allow Zuma to go to prison, again. The problem is now the broken culture in the country, and JZ sure did his part in making it viral.
There is no accountability and a take and blame way of doing things, and as mentioned, our dear former President and all the outlooks following his time in power destroyed any form of inclusive progression.
Umshini Wami, Zuma’s song translates to, bring me my machine gun for those, not in the know. With this and the above in mind, imagine New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, promoting a rainbow nation, better living for all and a higher standard of education while publicly calling for her machine gun and in the background building a billion Rand home coupled with being linked to the most extensive level of theft the country has seen.
Would she still hold a loyal following, or would her countrymen and the world see her as a problem?
How do South Africans currently dealing with the worst state this country has ever been in still cheer for a man boasting promises like, “There will never be load shedding again.” Or better yet, a President in power due to previous connections and not a qualification—resulting in a fragile country having a leader driving division while robbing us blind but then announcing it is Apartheid’s fault.
The only hope left is for Zuma to complete his walk to freedom by going to prison in order for the country’s judicial system to regain some form of respect once again.
His imprisonment will echo a statement to the endless reams of corrupt people currently enjoying no punishment for acts against their people, hopefully ushering in a new ear for all South Africans, one with a future and not a final countdown.
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