Marinos the philosopher, reminds us that “true learning flourishes in chaos”. There is chaos, but it is not the chaos we so easily define in claims of so and so causing it, this orchestrated chaos. Can we learn something from the orchestrated chaos we see on display? The most recent orchestrated narrative and classical conditioning of society adopts state capture as a means to attain a political end – the removal of a sitting president. I have consciously sought to look at this claim from the other side and want to make the case of capture, but from a different angle.
Zuma has captured more than the Guptas but a whole nation if not the western world’s interest that’s why he must go! Have the opposition and some in the ANC not yet learnt? Zuma is to be carefully understood.
Last week I penned an opinion piece entitled “What do you do when your best is not good enough”. In such I attempted to show that some in and associated with the ANC intensified their campaign to have Zuma removed and turned up the notch seven-fold and still failed. I concluded by suggesting: is it not time to give up?
No politician has so gripped, frustrated, annoyed, and angered some more than Jacob Zuma. No politician had more close shavings of predicted political demise. They have predicted, foretold, prophesied, and consulted the mediums to have him removed.
He has captured the media who for the last 12-years sponsored a campaign that hitherto has failed. He captured a public protector who showed her political hand with her reports.
He captured three former presidents to lead a so-called ‘national dialogue’, hijacked from the bedrock of his administration’s National Development Plan that first suggested the need for a national dialogue. They in a captured sense gathered to lend their support to have him removed and they failed.
He is not fighting since today, he is not fighting since 2007. Those who think him a recent contestant for the title of being a “political Houdini” never stop to ask, who is Jacob Zuma?
Education is a welcome tool for those who know how to use it but it’s a blinding tool for those who fail to see life beyond their much made of certificates and credentials.
Those who have attempted to write its obituary in narrowness of middle-class social media comment grossly misunderstand the ANC. The ANC, and by extension Zuma’s constituency, is not the vocal social media or the middle class with loads of data, but the real poor.
Zuma in political mind and mental strength is completely underestimated by people who think themselves very clever from both sides of the political and racial divides.
You have disrespected this man because you claim to be more educated. When Cosatu has its day with its preferred ANC 2017 candidate, Jacob Zuma is among the poor in Elsiesrivier in the back yard of the opposition making them look so out of touch. When the SACP is inebriated to advance their case for his removal on the strength of him firing Gordhan, he is addressing Traditional Leaders and leading the charge on giving this constituency a voice.
Jacob Zuma never finished primary school. You can’t call him a high-school drop-out, that would be embellishing his academic credentials. Zuma is a country boy, a rural man, a traditional ANC cultural identity. At 75 his history makes for exciting reading. Then again they are so obsessed to have him removed that they never want to read about this man.
He captured and outsmarted the apartheid government when he ran operations from both Maputo and Swaziland, infiltrating SA without being nabbed.
He is the same man who captured Mandela when the latter insisted, as the highest cadre from KZN, he serve in the first democratic GNU cabinet. Zuma respectfully requested to be allowed to decline and said may I go and work in KZN? I have work to do to unite the people and to bring Inkhata’s political power in proportion. He opted to be an MEC instead of a Minister when every one of his peers would have given their proverbial front teeth to serve in Mandela’s cabinet.
So captured was Apartheid’s intelligence forces and leaders that they feared and respected him because they anticipated he would lead that portfolio. They handed him their files, and those files if unveiled may make so-called heroes grave villains.
Zuma captured those defeated at Polokwane until as Mbekites they started a political party for him that resulted in Lekota’ personal political future and pension in parliament.
Helen Zille, the matriarch of modern day SA opposition politics, was the first opposition politician to be captured by Zuma and led the charge for his removal. She, who handed that baton to both her protégés namely Mazibuko and Maimane, once remarked, “Zuma disarms you…” It appeared for a while she grasped the intensity of this man.
I am not yet writing about the man (I hope to start something next year). I will cite only one aspect of him from before South Africa’s freedom. The man from the rolling hills of Nkandla is grossly underestimated, ill-regarded, and reduced to an idiot. He is easily brushed off as the antithesis for intellectualism, yet he makes intellectuals look dof.
I don’t often agree with Moeletsi Mbeki, but he is on point for asserting currently in the ANC and SA there is only one professional politician, and he is much smarter than he gets credit for. In Moeletsi’s prism, Zuma has captured the Guptas and not the other way around. I hold beyond all Zuma has captured the society in its totality.
Has he erred, has he scored own goals, has he made bad decisions? A resounding yes, yet if you want to judge him don’t forget he is not educated, he is a self-made politician who has in an unintended sense captured a society, if not wider.
He is the same man who got fired by Mbeki, whilst serving as deputy president of SA; he took his firing and went around mobilising. He won the ANC presidency; cometh the hour of the ANC decision to recall its SA president- he pleaded not to have Mbeki removed but was overruled.
He in political astuteness did not rush to replace Mbeki in SA presidency but he opted to be elected into office. So we had the Motlanthe seven months of presidency of SA and in 2009 he was voted in to lead the ANC and SA. With this move he confirmed that the people of SA want him to lead despite what many believe are shackles.
Zuma the man that politically buried his opposition for a second time at Mangaung 2012, from within and outside his party, has captured the EFF leadership because he is the reason for its existence and every effort so far engaged was towards his removal, yet that has led to their frustration because he continues to lead SA.
Zuma has captured even the totality of the opposition, he has captured the media, and he sells their stories. He has captured white monopoly capital and they fear him; he causes those who think themselves ‘white’ to march because he captured them too.
He captured some and drives them to pray, he captured the judiciary who has become first and last resort for those who cannot stand him in the square ring of political life-space. He has captured the SACC, an organisation that died and whose leaders make up some of those who lost at Polokwane, when he rejected them in preference of Independent Churches.
The same SACC who in this season attempts to eke out relevance in state capture claims when they abandon their roles to be vocal on the abuses and violence against women.
He has captured some academics that claim they have empirical and scientific evidence for a claim of State Capture, essentially predicated on flimsy newspaper headlines.
He has captured and exposed the old western imperial world interest for who they are. Their interest no different as in other BRICS affiliated countries has been to use contaminated and convicted rating agencies to exact junk status on Brazil, SA, Russia, SA, and China, therefore effecting regime change as they attained with Dilmar Rousseff of Brazil.
He captured and outlived a public protector he appointed who showed her political hand obsessed to work for his removal.
I am afraid he has even captured you who read this and gets annoyed at my audacity!