The politics of politics

By Craig Wynn

I am in a great mood right now; my entire tune has changed, and for the better. On Saturday I watched a brief portion of the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma. Those three massive Airbuses flying over the beautiful ceremony at the Union Buildings, the cheering and ululating crowds and the sound of Mama Africa’s ‘Pata Pata’ being played by a military band all gave me that good old sense of patriotism. This was something that some of us thought we would lose when Zuma came into power. But I don’t think so. Call me crazy or too high on life, but I reckon there is a lot of promise in our new president and his government, despite the criticism.

Naturally, these are very early days still and there is no way of knowing for sure what may come of the new power. But will it be as bad as some thought? I think the logic to this all is that why should anything go terribly wrong, why the hell would Zuma want that for his country which he has proved, on many occasions, to love completely? I fear that there are indeed certain individuals throughout governmental history who have their own interests way ahead those of their people, but which government can say they don’t have them? We have a lot to overcome and corruption is right up there with the main problems, but our president has been said to be innocent and what can anyone do to disprove that now? Rather, we should get involved and make sure that we can all make this country work as well as it should, instead of fearing every person who sings controversial songs.

Sixty-five point nine percent of South African voters say Zuma’s the man for the job and who’s to say they’re all wrong? Not me, I’m afraid, I am not in any position to undermine the will of a nation, and no one else is either. The inauguration ceremony, seen by many people as yet another waste of millions, is really only the symbolic representation of what’s happening here. South Africa is once again moving down a new and altogether different path. Watching the inauguration with my friends, a moment of silence occurred at the ceremony and one friend commented, “It’s a moment of silence for the future of this country, it’s a sad moment,” while the another said, “Don’t you mean a moment of silence for our history? Things have been worse.”

I couldn’t agree more. We all have our different beliefs about what will happen to South Africa now, but I just think, is this not so much better than being ‘that country’, that fascist, evil, crazy South Africa? Let’s see where we can take this place next. To anti-ANC people out there, stop whining and love your country, it’s not all bad. To pro-ANC people, don’t gloat or throw it in the faces of opposition supporters. Like their campaign slogan says, “Working together, we can do more”. Peace and love 🙂


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