By: Lindokuhle Simelane
A prominent South African artist has expressed her anger against President Jacob Zuma and his leadership.
In a open letter titled, “DEAR ANC”, Ntsiki Mazwai accused the party of turning a blind eye to the nations boo’s. Mazwai also accused the media of being selective in their reporting. The letter reads:
Re: The issue of the BOO
BOO, a sound made to show disapproval or contempt. A sound made to show disrespect. People BOO when they don’t like someone. I write this letter as a fed up citizen of South Africa.
ANC is the orginasation I entrusted with my vote and support in 1994. Being the biggest political organisation at the time, ANC had paid its dues to be the organisation that governed our people there were many political parties who liberated us…a fact you like to blatantly ignore. The liberation of black people in this country happened because black people as a whole had had enough and not because ANC was our ’messiah.’
You are the organisation we CHOSE to lead us…something you have now taken for granted.
I have never been at any of the stadiums where (hopefully soon to be ex) President Zuma has been booed lately, but I can tell you that those BOOs represent my voice. Every time I hear of another booing, in my heart I say ‘THANK YOU those people are Booing on my behalf!’
What is disturbing though, is how you keep coming up with excuses to pretend as if the BOOing isn’t happening. You are starting to create an awkward moment where you look like the kid with chocolate on his face, denying to have eaten the chocolate. Please save us from the embarrassment of having a government that doesn’t take responsibility for its actions?
As you know, African people are a conservative nation, so for them to start BOOing at memorial service of the ‘Greatest man of our time,’ it SAYS something. That first and most memorable BOOing was a spontaneous reaction from the PEOPLE. And since then, a number of provinces have also BOOed him in their stadiums. Stop being in denial, the BOOings ARE happening and they need to be addressed.
I don’t believe that EVERYBODY in the ANC has been ‘corrupted,’ it is to these people that I make an appeal. The time has come for you to show yourselves and step up as true leaders in this situation.
There is a loud enough Anti Zuma sentiment for this issue to be brought to the table. The BOOing is telling us that A LOT of South Africans want a new president.South Africans are yearning for a chance to start on a new page. We want a leader that will inspire us and make us the great nation we were starting to be before Zuma’s term.
Yes, we agree, we are not all politicians and you know better…..but we have reached a stage where having Jacob Zuma has affected the morale of the country. We are the people of this country and we should also have a say in who we want to lead us.
At Madiba’s memorial service you said we would address the BOOing after the visitors had left. They have been gone for over 3months and still no word from you about our grievances.
When it comes to this matter, you, ANC members have been your worst enemy…you have given rise to not only competition but also distrust. The way in which you have handled yourselves in the 20years of freedom leaves us wondering if we gave our Power to the right people.
There are MANY reasons why the Zuma administration has upset the people of South Africa. The people have been disrespected on many different levels on many different occasions. In future, please ANC, be conscious as to the kind of character you put on a pedestal and make us call president. Here are a few points:
Can your candidate not have any criminal charges against them? Yes, politics are a dirty game but please can we also consider that you are leaders and must thus set an example.
Should your candidate be a polygamist, please can it be in the true African form- not ‘polygamy’ that has MANY girlfriends and children in and out of wedlock. This sends out the wrong message to our sons.
Can spousal allowance only cover ONE wife, if a man chooses to have more, may that be his own personal affair and not affect our taxes. Can your candidate not allow rich friends to land at national key points? When the president does not see this as a threat to our security as a country, then I become worried.
Can your candidate be well read on Black Consciousness? At this stage of Africa’s liberation from the west we need a president who has an agenda to unify Africa. Ignorant comments about other African nations are inappropriate.
Can your next candidate have ubuntu and compassion? R240 million on 1 property when people are living in shacks is disturbing. The fact that a man can have animals living in a million rand kraal while his people live in corrugated iron is sickening. So its okay for your people to live emazenkeni as long as your family is sorted?
Can your next candidate be inspiring?
Basically, the BOOing is South Africa asking president Zuma to step down.
In an interview with JournalismIziko, this is what Mazwai had to say about her country and the ANC’s leadership.
Q.1.Do you think the MP’s and the Cabinet at large are afraid of President Zuma?
A. It seems so…and we should be asking ourselves WHY?..who else is guilty kanti?
Q. 2. In all the political parties, old and new, do you think there is a strong enough party to lead this country forward?
A. We are a great people and we have leaders……perhaps a time has come 4 us to do away with political parties…..and elect leaders
Q.3. “The Boo’s have been gone for over 3months and still no word from you about our grievances.” The President has been out recently, and in some places he has received a very warm welcome”. what do you make of that?
A. Most of our media is state owned so news will be reported from that point of view.
Q.4. “Can spousal allowance only cover ONE wife? if a man chooses to have more, may that be his own personal affair and not affect our taxes.” In your view, who should be that “One wife” who should be covered?
A. The 1st wife
Q.5. Many open letters have been written to the President, from Gareth Cliff, Kenny Kunene and most recently MK guerrilla Marion Sparg, what are you hoping for? A response (Public or Private)
A.A PUBLIC engagement on the issue……the ANC needs to hear the voice that wants President Zuma to step down. They must stop ignoring us
Q.6. Is it the ANC lead government that you are unhappy with or the current President?
A.There are people in ANC who are genuinely doing their jobs……our top 10 is not very attractive. The top needs new blood
Q7. The president keeps insisting that he never asked for security upgrades to his personal Nkandla home, therefore he won’t pay back the money. What’s your take on that?
A.It shows us what kind of a man he is…..if he was a man of honour he would have. That’s what would have made him honourable…..but his actions show that he is not a man of integrity and honour. He should put down the fences and open up the clinic and amphitheatre to the Nkandla community……if he was a REAL leader……but he isn’t
Q.8. Apart from all the people who were in the forefront of the struggle, do you believe that the country has enough young people to assume future leadership?
A.Absolutely! in fact its time young people took over this struggle. The apartheid generation has lost the plot.
Q.9. In other countries, if a member of parliament or a president has been implicated in something scandalous, they step down, but not the case with our government, what does this say about your democracy?
Q.10. Some people have attacked you, for writing this letter, some even questioning the timing. why now?
A.Elections are coming up, if ANC wants to continue being government then some changes must be made.