President Jacob Zuma: Last Kicks Of A Dying Horse

South African president Jacob Zuma in 2013. GovernmentZA / Flickr

Darker days are still yet to come. We haven’t seen the back of this nightmare just yet. These are the last kicks of a dying horse and they are going to hurt real bad. The silver lining is this; it will be the last time we ever see the likes of his kind, writes Thandolwethu Mene. 

The biggest mistake South Africa ever made since apartheid was voting President Jacob Zuma into power. South Africans had so much faith in their systems that they thought that it didn’t matter who was at the office the institutions will function to keep the state abreast. Any institution that has strong systems in place can function even if you have the biggest idiot in the throne.

Some may argue that the true test of an institution is having it run by a complete idiot and still function. Now the test for SA Inc came in the form of a singing idiot whose rhetoric in court assured all and sundry that this was the right man for the job. He did not fail. He met and exceeded our expectations. He really did an amazing job. He plunged our country into chaos by annihilating the very systems that all were so proud of into non-existence. He completely obliterated them.

What a challenge for those with a penchant for hard work. This is paradise to them. Somewhere in there they are rolling up their sleeves and waiting to get their hands dirty. You see everything and every word has been sullied and these good people have a task of cleaning them. They proclaim in a loud voice; “Challenge accepted!”

There are so many lessons that President Zuma has taught us that it would take a book of books to be listed one by one. He is on his way out now and our major lesson is that we should never ever have someone like him in that respectable office again. EVER!

But Ol’ Jake is a cunning fella and has a few tricks up his sleeves yet. He would like us to believe that he has everything he’s got placed on his surrogate to assume office. You believe that then you have been in a comma for the past eight years or so. Shaddy characters never reveal their hands. They work in the midst of darkness and then announce major policy changes at midnight just to show you who they really are.

Our goal now should be to wrestle our institutions off his hands and start getting them to function as they should be. Time is on our side. We should not rely on the people who should be doing their jobs but doing his biding because they claim to be following orders. History has proven that people can be ordered to strangle their brethren to death and none of their agency would kick in.

The Bisho massacre highlighted this when fathers and brothers were ordered to mow down their families with machine guns and they duly obeyed. Remember how now nobody wants to be associated with apartheid? So shall it be when nobody will ever want to reveal that they were ever close to President Zuma.

Darker days are still yet to come. We haven’t seen the back of this nightmare just yet. These are the last kicks of a dying horse and they are going to hurt real bad. The silver lining is this; it will be the last time we ever see the likes of his kind.

Thandolwethu Mene is an Afrocentric writer/director at African Native Media House www.afrikanativemh.com