Zuma endears himself to the South African constituency!


Zuma endears himself to the SA Constituency !!

 Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 1:21am

– The communications around the president has improved, as he charms the SA constituency –

This morning the president of South Africa is interviewed on national television in a forum organized by a collaborative effort between the SABC and the New Age. This presidency understands political leadership knowing how to shift between party and country presidency context.

Whilst much of his work was focussing on organizational context, he shows up this last two weeks the president of South Africa and giving that constituency his attention in a week of much national rumblings propelled by his announcements, knowing such at all levels would resonate well with the SA constituency.

This week many sings his praise even usual critics sees his actions as confirmation of the democracy that South Africa’s constitution advocates. Having had perhaps the best two weeks of governance as president, in which he proved for those who still question his decisiveness, he can and does act, slow for some but decisive when it comes.

A week in which he announced his decisions on cabinet reshuffling, appointments of judicial commissions for the much publicized arms deal and also the due Bheki Cele investigation. Following this for some a shocker, he left for the commonwealth meeting in Australia and now he returns and the mark of his return is by default or design celebrated by this interview as carried on Morning Live on this its 12th anniversary

Perhaps one must start by saying the communications around the president since Mac Maharaj joined the presidency is working. There is much more consistency in approach depth in engagement and much more policy constancy in articulation. I guess the older Mac does know more than the youthful Zizi who at times proved not sure if he was spokesman of the ANC president or the president of SA.

Yet having said that Kodwa must be admired for the many efforts he initiated to engage on a plethora of issues though less structured and often misguided. But in a season of divided constituencies it was important to most probably offload him if he as a youth supporter proves stretched in this now very poplarised context.

Watching the president today speaking and engaging SA as we say from the heart, bodes well for the democracy of SA. It bodes well for allowing people access into the mind, thoughts and shortcomings of this humane man holding often what can be considered an inhumane office.

Zuma, seemed relaxed proved wise enough to acknowledge when such answer is not known and promised to come back to those who asked the questions. He proved clearly not media shy dealing with a variety of questions that appears totally unknown by him or less rehearsed prepared to in proverbial sense shoot from the hip, with intermittent jest and laughter, his trademark pause to think his answer his way of doing the proverbial Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs exemplified in time-wasting, just he never gets a yellow card for he plays this game to the laughter of others.

I said it before the president will serve a second term irrespective what, for he knows the importance of the the public who makes up the SA constituency. He appears to play the organisational and SA broader constituency like a seasons poker player. He is certainly riding mile high on the wave of his latest decisiveness created with his recent pronouncements. One got the sense that the president was at home and given due respect in this audience. The questions fielded proved reflective of a diverse constituency of interest holders, yet these were questions an average citizen could firstly relate to and were not hyperbolic ones in which abstracts prove the order of the day.

Having returned from the commonwealth and en-route to the G20 meeting and important one with a confused Greece as Papendreu leads his nation into an ill- timed referendum that may result in default of gross serious scale and nervous jittery European fellow nations in sixes and sevens. It’s clear an Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy failed to convinced Papendreu that this referendum has no good consequences.

Zuma rides this mile high cloud of endorsed SA constituency when the Hawks are circling in mid air around a Malema kraal as it threatens imminent arrests as former business associates sing like proverbial canaries for fear of being locked up and sinking with Malema.

Zuma is jetting off large and in charge as the spin doctor of ANCYL, Floydd Shivambu faces defamation charges and the proposed ANCYL next SG hopeful Min. Fikile Mbalula is having to apologize for his own sex scandal of which the sordid details was laid bare in the weekend newpapers, this all in a week when the president endeared himself to the public and his opponents manifest in Youth league has their worst week with personal issues and a scattered focus when it least can afford such.

The president deliberately refused to comment or respond on a Winnie Madikizela-Mandela warning and threat of a non recycling of leadership at Mangaung. In perhaps the first open salvo on the part of this NEC member Winnie Madikizela – Mandela, in which she expressed a clear message of rejection of the sitting president, one is not sure if this is a combination of as Tokyo Sexwale nomination / support and Youth anger with what is happening to Malema.

Yet the president nor the ANC responded to this deliberate attack, one gets the sense that at times the best answer is no answer, reserving your opportunity to respond later. I’m not surprised for Zuma is known not for immediate response but takes his time weighing up his actions if he moved east, west, south or north. One thing is sure he will respond but in his best time and even then all will know he took his time.

Whilst 2012, is coming with lightning speed one thing is certain the road to Mangaung remains a bumpy and topsy- turvy road. One as I already had nuanced a meandering road with many kinks and jolts in which surprises will come and threats rise perhaps unnerving but I still hold Zuma will survive Mangaung, for those who claim Motlanthe will become a Messiah and adopt ANCYL 24th Conference meetings boots and all has something else coming.

I at times think a Motlanthe presidency is I’ll informed for it is birthed out of “we will show you”, perhaps the same as was done to a Mbeki. Whilst the context cannot be compared the sidelines mirrors the anger of some who is hellbent on deposing a Zuma in preference of a Motlanthe not for pure reasons i contend. This could mean the days of two terms presidencikes are over for all after Mbeki proves soluble to succumb to being shown the door.

Motlanthe therefore must ready him also for a one term rulership, before those who back a Sexwale will rally him out of contention, never ending the vicious cycle of powerplay with no true vision as guide but vengeance masqueraded in opportunism. I said it before if this presidency of ANC leadership failed it failed manifested in the top six, with no exception. therefore to argue Zuma failed devoid of personality politics is to argue the top six failed.

Yet Zuma, is managing this discourse as we move towards Christmas, he is tightly in control of what is happening in party and country context. For in my books it is that political leadership at play, his game his way.

Bishop Clyde N. S. Ramalaine

Independent Observer

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