When Vavi, Malema, Mbalula, Nzimande, Mantashe, Motlanthe, Sexwale, Phosa, Ramaphosa and others were intrigued by Jacob Zuma’s dirty dance, they thought, here is the man who has attracted all of us with his dirt dance. Here is a man of the people.
Excellence and habitual constant performance from a single individual or group can be tiring and boring to the onlooking if it persists. If in sport, it is not that exhilarating to want to wake up at 3am and watch.
Even the hype may die down at some point.
I personally no longer enjoy Floyd Mayweather’s fights, they seem too easy too simple to win. The man has been at it, winning. He has mastered the art. Constant high performers just make things seem too easy, they make you think? I can do that better.
Former President Thabo Mbeki experienced a high-performance challenge, he excelled to a point were all his comrades thought it was so easy to run a country. They thought very strongly that the country was run by collective leadership and anyone can sit there as the so-called President and then the collective leadership will do its magic.
They thought if Mbeki could run the country so easily, then any one can run it.
When Vavi, Malema, Mbalula, Nzimande, Mantashe, Motlanthe, Sexwale, Phosa, Ramaphosa and others were intrigued by Jacob Zuma’s dirty dance, they thought, here is the man who has attracted all of us with his dirt dance. Here is a man of the people. We know running the country is easy, because Thabo Mbeki has proven that running the country is easy.
They thought, here is the man of the people. Here is the leader of the people.
While they thought that dirty dancing was a natural thing, Jacob Zuma knew that with all the legal challenges he faced only the dirty dancing can ascent him to the presidency of the country and of the ANC. The dirty dance assisted in preventing any rational thinking by his supporters, if rationality was allowed, Jacob Zuma would have never have become a President.
So impressed by Msholozi’s dirty dance, Julius Malema declared war against Zuma’s opponents promising to Kill for Jacob Zuma. What a massive reassurance for the general public. Zuma then went out to the public to show case his dirty dance and the public was sold.
Highly intoxicated with Jacob Zuma’s dirty dance, Mr. Vavi named Jacob Zuma an unstoppable Tsunami. He warned the angry Cope people on the power of this unstoppable Tsunami.
It took the dirty dance for ANC Zuma supporters to overlook all his legal woes and second him to become President of South Africa. Against all odds. A man with single quality of being a President was lifted up to be President based solely on a dirty dance.
Vavi was right, Jacob Zuma remains an unstoppable Tsunami causing havoc in the economy and domestic politics. With both Vavi and Malema as the casualties of the Tsunami.
The situation we find ourselves in today did not come as a surprise, it was predicted from as far as 2005 by politicians, academics, commentators you mention it. There was no secrete about where we would be today if Mr. Jacob Zuma became president.
We are here now, at the bottom of the pit.
We have now totally shelved our real Agenda and are only worried about getting out of the PIT.
Racists have come out in open space and are speaking with loud hailers, the corrupt are flaunting their stuff in public with no fear.
How do we then move forward from here?
The starting point will be to recognise that, we are in a multi-party democracy. An acceptance that, South Africa has more than one political party. The question then arises, can a different political party take over South Africa and move us forward?
Or do we continue to encourage ANC to do better and support if to elect credible leadership?
Has ANC learnt anything from the dirty dancer?
Has opposition gained any momentum?
By Sefu Sekgala