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Jacob Zuma: Blacks must admit we gave our country to this man

   23 February 2018   l   Johnny Masilela    l   Views: 782   l   26 days ago  


We had our doubts — we, the black middle class — when the likes of Julius Malema carried Jacob Zuma shoulder-high on that fateful summer of the year 2007.

The urbane, pipe-smoking and whisky sipper, the perfect “English” gentleman, Thabo Mbeki, had become yesterday’s man overnight.

Enter the one who throws one leg after the other into the empty air, gyrating to the “indlamu” (Zulu war dance). 

The violent rhetoric firebrand, Malema, dared us — the “abo-fundile” (clever blacks) and also nervous whites — he was prepared to kill for the Zulu traditional dancer. 

Malema has since apologised, and subsequently found a new home to terrify us on a new platform, the militant Economic Freedom Fighters, about land grabs and so forth.

“Us”, because the Masilelas and many other blacks, such as business legend, Dr Sam Motsuenyane (he of the Mandela-appointed Motsuenyane Commission of Inquiry), have tracts of land in the communal farmlands of Klippan, north of Pretoria.

Malema’s erstwhile hero, Zuma, has since put his foot under the former’s backside and kicked him into touch, so to speak.

Then there was Blade Nzimande, the secretary-general of the so-called vanguard of the working class, the SACP, who dared journalists — black and white, local and foreign — to get used to saying “President” Zuma.

Nzimande has since got the boot, for crossing paths with the knopkierie-wielding warrior from the rolling hills of Nkandla.

Nzimande has ever since become a fierce critic of Zuma’s way of doing things. 

Zwelinzima Vavi, at the time of Mbeki’s recall an uncompromising Zuma apologist, has also been sent tumbling from the Tripartite Alliance, by none other than the no-nonsense Zuma.

The most painful memories — for us, the clever blacks, that is — was when hundreds of mothers from within the ANC closed ranks around Zuma, at a time he was accused of allegedly raping a friend’s daughter, Fezekile Khuzwayo.

Fortunately for Khuzwayo, a handful of young female activists, mostly black, attended the proceedings holding placards aloft, in support of one oh so young.

Now all of sudden the Zumaists of yesteryear like Malema are lining up to pay homage to Mbeki, and apologise for their part in removing the African intellectual from the highest office in the land.

Time will tell if these opportunists would have the nerve to challenge bad policies going forward, “renewed” ANC or not.




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