The scandal ridden Zuma Presidency is urgent for dismissal. Zuma’s Presidency has been shaken with “no confidence” votes … two so far in recent times. Why have people of colour appear to have been so shady in their dealings? Why have we allowed power to so corrupt us? It is a sad commentary indeed. This is Black History Month and instead of showcasing the rich gains of our race, we have to report some not so pleasant news of self inflected pain by some of those who have been entrusted with power. This is most unfortunate.
The latest news out of South Africa is that President Zuma is negotiating his departure from office. Is he trying to get immunity from prosecution for alleged corruption charges when he leaves office? This would be a smart move on his part.
We are not in support of this move as it sets a bad example and sends the wrong signal. Lord Acton reminds us that: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This appears to be so true with Jacob Zuma’s presidency.
The African National Congress (ANC) is in a state of comatose. This never had to be so, at all.
Nelson Mandela must be turning in his grave today. He was a model of statesmanship and by laying an enviable foundation for South Africa. There were no hate driven policies and (his) Mandela’s fine example of reconciliation … a great model for the world to emulate was pursued under his leadership. So for Zuma to now tarnish the office of the presidency, is a real disappointment, to put it mildly.
We hope good sense will prevail and there will be a smooth transfer of power to safe and descent hands soon. Zuma, you should rot in jail, if you are found guilty after a fair trial of bleeding the national purse.
“Trials Of Black Men” is a series of articles written by yours truly. These articles remind us that Black Men have greatly ruined their prospects for success many times over and that some trials are self-inflicted . ., this is so … certainly in the case of Jacob Zuma. Isn’t this so?
This is our perspective. What is yours?
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.