Open Letter to President Zuma by Sibusiso Mkwanazi
When listening to the radio, watching the news on TV or reading the newspapers, one becomes completely perplexed. We hear the ANC saying the Nkandla report never indicated the president stole money from the state and one thinks: ‘Well if it was a loan, why is he refusing to pay it back? Or if it was a gift from government why is he looking a gift horse in the mouth by saying he never wanted it?’
You hear the ANC saying their followers shouldn’t ‘take to mind’ what they hear other parties are saying and then one wonders: ‘Can they not think for themselves?’
Then came this article written by Sibusiso Mkwanazi and my heart was filled with pride and joy and relief. When he is standing up for President Zuma, I am convinced, many a man and woman is standing right next to Mr. Mkwanazi.
All is not lost!
The full article: Mkwanazi’s Open Letter to President Zuma
This is the full article as an Open Letter to President Zuma by the brilliant journalist, Sibusiso Mkwanazi, addressed to Jacob Zuma:
“Finally that thorn in everyone’s side, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, has released her report on Nkandlagate. She has lambasted the SAPS ministers, state attorneys and everyone else for letting the costs of the project spiral “Finally that thorn in everyone’s side, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, has released her report on Nkandlagate. She has lambasted the SAPS ministers, state attorneys and everyone else for letting the costs of the project spiral out of control, with a final bill of about R250 million.
As a journalist, it is my duty to be fair, objective and unbiased and with that in mind, I disagree with every single enraged South African, Madonsela and the official opposition.
This is the president of South Africa and it is vital that his organic chickens be kept in the most secure chicken run ever imagined, while his A-Grade cows have to be enclosed in the world’s most elaborate kraal, because after all, they will surely be used to pay lobola for the 100 first ladies that South African citizens will once again fund. Duh!
Mr President, do not listen to anyone who goes against you, as I believe you when you say that you had no idea what was going on in your own backyard.
None of us really ever know why tippers, architects and other service providers suddenly pop up on our properties anyway. You did not even bat an eyelid when the bricklayers for those low-cost rondavels were cat-whistling at Ma Khumalo. Sir, how were you supposed to know that what started off as a R25 million project would balloon to about R250 million?
What your detractors are conveniently forgetting is that you only have a primary school education and this is evident each time you have to deliver a speech that has numbers in it. How do they expect you to know the difference between R25 million and in excess of R250 million, when it is all the same to you?
Mr Zuma, rumours are rife that because of some petty allegations of a tiny fire pool and a tuck shop that will bolster your security needs, you might not get a second term in office, and I think this would be the most tragic event ever to befall our beautiful land. Who would comedians look up to? Who would I be inspired by when I sit down to write this column?
However, if you ever decide to step down as our fearless leader, may I suggest you take up the role of ambassador for Teflon, as nothing sticks to you, sir; not corruption and rape charges, not the extremely sticky Guptas, not the adhesive Schabir Shaik, not even a Matric certificate, sir.”