The responsibility of polishing Jacob Zuma's image should not be delegated to the SABC. That is the job of the ANC and of Zuma himself because he has been the principal spoiler of his name and credibility.
Under pressure, Zuma makes statements that contradict what the ANC stands for. For example, he spoke of a flexible labour policy and when Cosatu pounced on him, he retreated.
His public image has also been dented by his behaviour. He had consensual sex with an HIV-positive woman without a condom. And his relationship with controversial businessmen Vivian Reddy, Schabir Shaik and Jurgen Kohl has also dented his image.
President Kgalema Motlanthe has stayed away from controversies and avoided making populist statements. He has been forthright about the behaviour of Julius Malema, which in turn invited an angry response from Zuma's young lions.
Research has shown that Motlanthe is more popular than Zuma and therefore the current president of South Africa does not need the SABC to popularise him.
Hands off SABC! South Africa needs a cool-headed, brilliant and pragmatic president. The ability to sing and arouse emotions is not a criteria for president.
I support Mosiuoa Lekota's party in calling for the president, premiers and mayors to be elected directly by the people.
Betty Wasmuth, Kloof