1 April 2014

South Africa: Open Letter to President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma


Mr President, not the most sycophantic member of the press nor the most protective layer of the government should convince you that South Africa is doing well under your stewardship. It is not. The question is, do you care?

Dear Mr President

Re: Your Presidency

As someone privileged and arrogant enough to talk and write about politics for a living, it's been a busy time for me. And wherever I go these days, I hear one word; it's a geographic place-name in Kwa-Zulu/Natal, the place where you're from. And at literally every social function, family event or braai I go to, I get asked the same question. Will you survive? Will you really last out your entire second term, presuming your party will win it on 7 May? And how on earth is that at all possible?

I must admit, I find myself conflicted in my answers.

There's my emotional answer, my white middle-class frustration, my anger at how the taxpayer's money is being used and misused, and how devastating that must be for the party that embodies it.

And then I try to get away from the anger we see all over the media and the ...

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