I am a South African woman who just wants to live in peace and feel safe in my own home. I don't even support any political party.
I could not care less who the next president is as long as that individual will act to ensure our children's safety, help fight poverty, provide free education and strengthen the law regarding crime. But when it was announced that Jacob Zuma is the new ANC president, I felt like my hair was being pulled out of my head.
I immediately thought about my position as a woman here in South Africa. I thought about the good reputation that both former president Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki have created for us. I know that Mbeki also had his faults, but it's not like Zuma is a saint!
What they did was to fix a small fault with a bigger one. Zuma is not the type of man that one would be proud to say is our president. I believe a man who can publicly say that he had unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman while he has wives is a shame to himself and to his family. How can he possibly be a president of any organisation, let alone a country?
We have come a long way to let people like him lead us. At the moment there is nothing much that we can do but just hope and pray that all the investors do not pull out. But at least the sales of baby oil will rise and maybe the national anthem will change to Umshini wami.
Ntombi M, Pretoria