Booing Zuma debacle a turning point or circus?

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Jacob Zuma

Zuma should have seen it coming.

Especially with the whole Nkandla debacle on top of the recent Gupta and historic/acute corruption issues associated with the first citizen of our rainbow nation, South Africa.

Although the platform where the booing took place – when the nation and the world said goodbye to Madiba – may not have been the best forum, it nevertheless carried a powerful message in itself. The message, in stark contrast to Madima’s legacy, clearly did not convey approval of Jacob Zuma and his ANC government.

With the booing of Zuma at the FNB Stadium juxtaposed to the loud cheering for Obama, the voice of the nation made a statement that  needs no explaining. By booing Zuma, the crowd made no secret of their lack of trust in Zuma, also voicing their lack of respect for him as the nation’s leader.

What does JZ have to say about the entire booing Zuma issue?

According to the Mail & Guardian, Zuma’s reported reply to the booing was that “Booing is a form of self-expression.”

That may well be true.

But, if the crowd chose to express themselves by booing Zuma, maybe the time has come for Zuma and the ANC to pay more attention to the feelings and opinions of the South African public.

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Crowd booing Zuma

The deeper meaning of booing Zuma

This incident reflects a public display of frustration and dissatisfaction regarding the way Zuma’s government is allegedly running the country. With the date for the 2014 General Elections drawing closer, this issue, coupled with the Nkandla debate, does not reflect on Jacob Zuma in a very positive way.

The question whether the booing Zuma incident was planned, is also raised.  Some fingers are now pointing to the Gauteng wing of the ANC, but no proof exists of planning for this kind of mass action.

Booing Zuma vs Zuma Hotline

Where Zuma’s hotline leaves much to be desired, the voice of the crowd certainly came through loud and clear. They are tired of excuses and poor service delivery, ongoing  corruption scandals, of poor housing standards, pitiable education and even worse health care standards.

Does Booing Zuma mark a turning point in South African politics?

Now that the door has been opened to the public voicing of disapproval, one can only wonder how often this state of affairs will be repeated during Zuma’s election campaign.

The fact that the booing of Zuma does not positively reflect on the ANC is a certainty. How will the ANC cope with this fact?

Zuma frequently propagates the message that if you are not for us (Zuma + ANC), then you are against us. This “shared identity” of Zuma and the ANC may just cause an upheaval in South African politics during the elections of 2014.

Interesting times are predicted for 2014.

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