Zuma is a problem and its time to admit it
Jacob Zuma is a problem; its time we all admit this. No president in our short few years of democracy is more abused and more reviled than this one man. It’s clear he is a problem; let us then try to understand why he is a problem.
- The Land Question
No issue stirs more emotions than land. Zuma wants the land returned to its rightful owners. He is unequivocal on this as a non-negotiable. Who currently owns the land? Needless to say, the 12% of people who see themselves as white own the landmass of SA as part of the negotiated settlement. Who must get the land? Those who always owned it, those who were robbed. No ship brought land here. He is hated for that. That’s why so-called whites march today. That’s even why those who think they are white have prayer rallies.
- The Economic question
The SA economy reflects the gross disparity and anomalies of our racialised history. The economy, despite a new slice of black involvement, remains lily-white. This economy must be radically transformed to reflect a conscious, inclusive diaphragm and new reality. This transformation has to be radical, meaning it must reflect a dispassionate presence of inclusive ownership. To transform this white-owned and dominated economy, you will have to take from those who own, you will have to prevent those who are the signpost of our freedom to further benefit from this economy.
Radical economic transformation means exactly what it says, change at a consciously radical level. Transformation self-evident in radicalism. Ownership that reflects the demographics. You are bound to cause havoc in some circles when you embark on disturbing the abnormal, which has in democracy become the normal. You will make enemies, even from within when those who make up the buffer zone slice of our economy find you addressing them as part of the problem of this untransformed apartheid economy.
- The Khoisan Identity Question
No president in democracy, or ever before, has shown an interest in attempting the discussion towards full recognition of this identity. The Khoisan people, as the aboriginals of Southern Africa, remain a disenfranchised group misidentified as coloureds. While not all Coloureds are Khoisan, all Khoisan were categorised and labeled as Coloured. The current much-celebrated constitution remains silent on the aboriginal rights of this people.
Zuma, unlike his predecessors Mandela and Mbeki, has shown an appetite to engage the subject and has made attempts to engage the communities that make up those who identify as Khoisan. The implications of recognising the Khoisan people have a bearing on land, minerals, and other economic platforms.
4. Rethinking the National Consensus of 1994 to emancipate all
The negotiated settlement was from the start a flawed one. Our national consensus attained before the dawn of democracy has inherently shown structural flaws in which the apartheid beneficiaries negotiated a better deal, a deal in which the majority of SA remains not emancipated, poor and without hope.
If we in 2017 talk of inclusive growth for our economy, it’s in full view of the fact that that national consensus must be revisited, and a new social contract must be adopted that confirms the values of the National Development Plan. The same plan that Zuma produced when we had never had any plan that is inclusive for all South Africans.
5. SA in covenant with BRICS
Zuma had the foresight to move SA into the new developing political and economic power-block of BRICS. Each of the nations associated with BRICS have been under attack from its establishment. In the case of Brazil, its president Dilmar Roussef, was impeached and removed from its office. The country was subjected to junk status at the same time when SA was threatened with it in December 2015.
This relationship, which aims at regrouping and redefining the political and economic power base of our world, creates uneasiness and spells a threat for some. This therefore invites regime change intentions on the part of those who want the status quo of the globe to remain as is. “What if BRICS succeeds?”, is the question those who want the status quo to remain will ask. Will we have to accept that SA’s president with no academic certification had more foresight to truly free SA more than the educated ones before him who despite much rhetoric dismally failed?
Zuma is a problem
So you can see why Zuma is a problem and he must go yesterday. He must be voted out of the SA presidency by any means possible, legal or illegal. He must go because the freedom Mandela guaranteed for whites is under threat. You can see why the corporate sector can sponsor campaigns such as Save SA against this president. You can see why ANC members of parliament are badgered and blackmailed to “vote with their conscience”. You can see why former presidents claim to gather in national dialogue without inviting Zuma.
You now know why a deputy secretary of the South African Communist Party can convene a two-hour press conference to discuss the job of a cabinet minister and call on Zuma to step down. You now know why the DA has been obsessed for the past 10 years to have him removed and tried every trick in the book to have him impeached. And failed repeatedly. You also know why some in the ANC turn on him – because he is disturbing their economy. You now know now why the Cosatu labour movement can be used to embarrass him, because he exposes the reality of the business of unionism.
Zuma is a problem because he is trying to do what should have been done from the start.
Clyde N. S. Ramalaine