THE British media thinks we are still living in the pre-historic era. Or that South Africa is still a British colony.
They portray President Jacob Zuma as a "buffoon" because they view his Zulu culture as barbaric.
No matter how they try to vilify and denigrate him, Zuma remains the legitimate leader of this country and will be accorded due respect.
The British media should know that ours is a sovereign, independent republic that does not take orders from any country. They should know that we are not idiots who will keep mum when our leaders are mocked and insulted.
They and everyone who thinks like them should know that we have accepted Zuma with his faults and, more importantly, we accept and respect his culture because ours is a nation united in diversity.
We will engage and interact with the international community to make the world a better place, but we won't play second fiddle to any nation. We will not allow our leaders to be disrespected because we are also playing a critical role in making the world a better place.
It is worth noting and highlighting that Zuma, despite all the hullabaloo and brouhaha about his leadership qualities and cultural preferences, is capable of leading this country as president of a collective. This means that no ANC leader leads individually. The ANC subscribes to collective leadership.
Zuma is a reputable stalwart of the struggle. He ably and astutely headed the ANC-MK intelligence. He represented the exiled ANC in different capacities with aplomb and distinction.
Benzi ka-Soko, Bethal