President Zuma is “better the devil you know”
Much can be said about President Zuma of his credibility caused by the various corruption charges. However much can also be admired about this survivor – born in poverty, went to exile to fight apartheid, his charisma and tenacity in adversity despite calls for his resignation and attempts to oust him as ANC leader. Yet he survives to see another day.
There has been eight unsuccessful votes of non-confidence and who knows how many more would be conspired against him in the days ahead? President Zuma among all the charges and accusations of infidelity, acquitted of rape, charges of money-laundering and racketeering.
President Zuma’s timeline
2005: Charged with corruption over multi-billion dollar 1999 arms deal – charges dropped shortly before he becomes president in 2009
2016: Court orders he should be charged with 786 counts of corruption over the deal – he has appealed
2005: Charged with raping family friend – acquitted in 2006
2016: Court rules he breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade private home in Nkandla – he has repaid the money
2017: Public protector said he should appoint judge-led inquiry into allegations he profiteered from relationship with wealthy Gupta family – he denies allegations, as have the Guptas
So, imagine the typical life of President Zuma having to remember the anniversaries, birthdays, joys and heartbreaks of family life, for it must be no easy task to have six wives and twenty one children? Therefore who could blame him given that “charity begins at home”?
Now why do I believe that President Zuma is “better the devil you know” and good for South Africa, for despite what many do say about his recklessness for the rule of law and integrity, he does submit to the law and will abide by the rules in comparison to his peers in other African countries. Much of the recent discussions in South Africa has been about the redistribution of land – where 70% of the land is owned by 6% of the minority population. Communistic ideologies for bringing in equality which could affect South Africa as a capitalistic country, which benefits from its economy despite however how unfair it is to the majority.
President Zuma embodies the the hope of every South African- which is to rise to the top and have it all that Capitalism has to offer, with all its benefits and pleasures. President Zuma compared to other extremists is definitely an angel and to my knowledge has not killed his own people or deprived them of democratic rights to oppose his leadership. He uses politics and the law as his weapons to which must be very frustrating for those trying to corner him.
Many South Africans can rest assured under the leadership of President Zuma, however should a socialistic or communistic government rule South Africa we can also be assured that heading for the borders will be the safest option.