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Zuma's on the campaign trail. Period

By unknown | Nov 06, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

If I hear Jacob Zuma and one of his acolytes saying they are not on the campaign trail I might have to ask for a bucket and puke.

If I hear Jacob Zuma and one of his acolytes saying they are not on the campaign trail I might have to ask for a bucket and puke.

The man is on the campaign trail and that is obvious to the whole country.

Why he has to perpetually tell us that "if the people ask me" or "in the ANC one does not campaign" is beyond me.

His every action, his every utterance, seems aimed at producing an election nomination and attracting a vote. So why not just admit it and we will all support his right to stand for election.

Last weekend he was in the North West telling people that the ANC Youth League should not be criticised for calling for him to be the next ANC president.

He extolled the formation's virtues at a rally and said it had a history of choosing ANC leaders.

That may well be so. But then he was essentially giving them a rubber stamp to go on the campaign trail for him as they have been doing anyway.

Then of course there are the "Awu Leth' umshini wam" ring tones and other paraphernalia.

But what really convinced me that the man from eNkandla wants to see himself in the Union Buildings come 2009 was his faxed statement after the death of former apartheid state president PW Botha last week.

Zuma was overseas when the news broke that Botha had died.

Firstly, why did Zuma feel the need to issue a statement as an individual on the death of apartheid's most violent and murderous leader? Was the statement issued by the ANC, of which he is deputy president, not enough for him? Did he not agree with it? Is he no longer a member of the party? Or perhaps his statement was issued from his campaign office.

I really think we should be told.

Anyway, in his statement Zuma went on to say a couple of pretty inane things about how Botha had helped usher in the new South Africa.

It was a pretty poor attempt at statesmanship, and it was an exploitation of a media opportunity.

Botha was bad news for black people, for South Africa and for the whole of humanity. More people were killed, detained, tortured and injured during his tenure than at any other time in South Africa's history.

When the ANC begged him to appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he turned them away in a manner reminiscent of the era of the baas turning the poor darkies away.

Yet Zuma saw fit to issue a statement about the good points of such a man.

If Zuma was not using the death of Botha to campaign for the presidency of the ANC and of the country, I do not know for what purpose he did issue that statement. Perhaps the ANC's national working committee should ask him when it meets this afternoon.


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