And so we understand the prez is no more. Luthuli House has spoken. It's almost unreal, too good to be true- the air of invincibility is now no more, and yes, JZ AKA Umshini Wam is singing, dancing, smirking his way to the Union buildings, waving to us, to the world, his machine gun. Is it possible that this palace revolution has proven that after all, the machine gun politics is indeed stronger then the quasi-philosophical, political schemes of a master tactician ? I mean the prez, literally demolished the political careers of the likes of Cyril Ramaphosa and Pallo Jordan ? Do we hear in the background, the hollow, yet ominous voice of our neighborhood lunatic, asking 'how can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun'.
I was not part of the Thabo fan club. His political machinations was shrewd, calculated, deadly, yet one has to admit, highly sophisticated. One could almost say, in wicked admiration- he was (wow, its almost unbelievable that we talk about 'was'!) of the finest stock in wielding political power- he was the prez. But then, he was also corrupted by this same power. He became a power unto himself, at the expense of the glorious heritage of the struggle for freedom- freedom from tyranny, from evil despots, sacrificing people, even the best of what we as a nation and as the liberation movements had, at the alter of their cult worship.
Whilst others opted to steer clear of the prez, one thing we have to give to JZ and his band of rouges, was that they opted to take him down. They, irrespective of the spin and paintbrushed gloss, however still don't come across as the material of leaders in modern constitutionally based government, honoring the rule of law. The successful Polokwane take-over was staged mostly by a motley crew of firebrand activists, opportunists and literally the second team ( if not the D team, also known as the 'koek en bier' team ) of the ANC. But, possibly, this leadership vacuum does leave open the possibility of newer political movements and parties, around those that remained true to the values and integrity of the struggle. Possibly the leadership crisis within the ANC is now exposed that could lead to new more creative possibilities opening up for our nation. Of course, we need to be realistic and caution, that the average ANC voter could care less about a president or minister of the Republic who has archaic views on woman and sexuality or an evident lack of vocabulary on global markets, genome research or GMO's, as long as they can sing and dance. Yet, they also see the hope in what's happening. Maybe they see it different and as they sing along in the streets, 'the prez is no more', are still hoping for more than koek en bier- still simply hoping for bread, clean water and a safe home and street, irrespective of who delivers it...
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