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State of emergency needed to save the soul of South Africa

By Oupa Ngwenya | Apr 24, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

FOR President Jacob Zuma, life has been a continuous song to sing.

FOR President Jacob Zuma, life has been a continuous song to sing. On January 8 2012, the ANC turned 100.

Friends and foes could not deny the cause for celebration. The party came and left Bloemfontein on a celebratory note and is to come back yet again in December.

The return this time will not be a party. It will be a serious business from which to derive not only the policy direction for the party but also for this beloved country. Part of that business will end with who gets placed at the helm of the redemptive policy direction.

The country's policy direction affects us all, and it should be everybody's business to know what the ANC does or avoids to do; whether it lifts the bar to the skies of excellence or summarily buries all that is good about this country down the grave of shame.

The one thought the nation has in mind is not only to keep hope afloat but to decisively navigate the best that this nation can offer safely ashore. This is what December has in store for us.

But it is not yet December. It is still April, a month that has seen one celebration after another for the president.

One of Zuma's wives, Thobeka, turned 40 on April 5. The president was a jolly good fellow turning 70 on April 12. "Being a good person and loving one's enemies keeps one living until age 70," was Zuma's wise counsel. The lecture of life at 70 was not the last that April saw. The bells were ringing for him and Bongi Ngema for their wedding on April 21.

As has become tradition on such swinging occasions, the leading footwork of the president on the dance floor never misses a beat. Part of the nation savoured the moment with some hilarity and the other showed no emotion.

Not that the president must not laugh, dance and be merry.

He should equally be moved to get his leading presence felt by a bothered nation where some are endlessly celebrating the best time of their lives, while others curse their worst to a point of believing every day to be their last.

Something is horribly wrong - with a nation that only delights in the frequency of wedding bells, transfixed by smiling pictures and the thrill of presidential rhythmic happy feet on the dance floor, but is never outraged by the brutality against children, some of whom are hurt even before being born.

The examples are as gory as they are shocking. The nation is getting used to the horror.

A pregnant woman, Valencia Behrens from Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, had her unborn child cut out of her womb and was left for dead by another woman, Lorretta Cooke, so she could steal the baby. The surviving child, so dastardly separated from its mother, has a scar on its head.

If that did not move the nation, nothing will.

When 17-month-old baby Asanele's grave was being dug in the Western Cape last Thursday for burial after she was stabbed twice in the neck, seven boys were appearing for a 17-year-old girl's gang rape in Gauteng.

It is time celebrations stopped and a state of emergency declared to restore the nation's soul.

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When people were hungry, the queen said let them eat cakes, that is exactly what Jacob Zuma is saying to the people of South Africa, he must go.

Apr 24, 2012 9:4 | 0 replies

MommC

I beg your pardon for the discourtesy I showed by suggesting that "your brain is on a go-slow" That is not really who I am. I do not know you and therefore have no basis to judge you. I realise that it was unnecessary and therefore retract that statement. Thank you for being polite in your response.

Apr 24, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

As for eating cake UP and DOWN in April its just a shame i call him the president of SA.
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Apr 24, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

If the president can't do anything about the shenanigans his own ministers are causing, who can?
Only the PEOPLE can - please vote with your heads and not your hearts. Only a very strong opposition, be it DA, IFP, UDF, COPE, whoever, can stop the ANC, simply by just being there. It is time the ANC realises that they aren't good enough to rule tills Jesus comes.

Apr 24, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

If the president can't do anything about the shenanigans his own ministers are causing, who can?
Only the PEOPLE can - please vote with your heads and not your hearts. Only a very strong opposition, be it DA, IFP, UDF, COPE, whoever, can stop the ANC, simply by just being there. It is time the ANC realises that they aren't good enough to rule tills Jesus comes.

Apr 24, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

Honestly Zuma is not a president material. He is the worst cadre ever produce by
the ANC, the sooner they get rid of him the better. He is running up and down like a
headless chicken. Cry the beloved country.

Apr 24, 2012 12:24 | 0 replies

Hey Batho-ba-Modimo,we've lost our moral fibre as a nation,we need a political shift to the extreme left where policy change would be of key.We should value diversity but this is cultural-diversity to the extreme.He is forcing a square peg in a round hole.

Apr 24, 2012 12:34 | 0 replies

Kona

Thank you
No sweat, its an emotive issue and easily misread

Apr 24, 2012 12:43 | 0 replies

@mommaC

Well then that should be an indication that he is not fit enough to lead this country

Apr 24, 2012 12:48 | 0 replies

flakes

I'm not the one you should be trying to convince. The ANC internal factional bickering will determine if he gets a second term - or our voting public may surprise us all and make the decision for them.

Apr 24, 2012 12:55 | 0 replies

eish! blame the ANC

Apr 24, 2012 2:8 | 0 replies