Dear jacob zuma …
Usually when I write an open letter to someone, I spell their names with capital letters. Not only is this the correct way of spelling one’s name, but it also shows a sign of respect for the intended recipient. In your case, you’re lucky I haven’t abbreviated your name.
I listened in bewilderment as you addressed parliament on Wednesday. You made a complete mockery of the seriousness of the controversy surrounding Nkandla. It was clear to me then, that you already knew the decision of Nathi Nhleko with regards to paying back some of the money spent on your palace.
You knew that you were free and clear, yet you still had the audacity to laugh about it in Parliament.
Not only did you make a mockery of proceedings in Parliament, you laughed in the face of every tax paying citizen in South Africa. You laughed in the face of the poverty stricken, the starving, the homeless, the hopeless and the uneducated.
Alas, where are you now? You’re on a perfectly timed trip to Nigeria, to avoid the backlash from a very angry nation.
Your good story to tell is being self-narrated, with malicious bias and would for all intents and purposes, be categorized under pure fiction. Our country is on the brink of disaster. Crime rates are steadily increasing, unemployment is at its highest level in 12 years, our economy is at a standstill due to load shedding, union strikes and the ANC’s piss poor decision making; case in point, the new visa rules which will cripple our tourism industry.
But laugh jacob, carry on laughing.
You once stated that “corruption is a Western concept”. This may be true jacob, but then again, so is being elected the president of a democratic country. Your attitude to western concepts and culture is as fickle as you are corrupt.
Keep laughing jacob, you must find this hilarious.
I have yet to witness any strong show of leadership from you. During the worst of the xenophobic attacks, you were silent. Only when the bloodshed was too much for you to ignore, did you give vague condemnation of the attacks on foreign nationals.
Meanwhile, you were happy for King Goodwill Zwelethini and your own son Edward, to fuel the fire, without putting either of them in check.
You must be rolling with laughter now.
You roll out the red carpet for racist bigots like Robert Mugabe and then go on to give him a 21 gun salute. He is allowed to make sweeping racial comments while on South African soil, yet you still praise him and his “accomplishments” in Zimbabwe.
How your stomach should be hurting right now with this kind of comedy.
Never have we had a president marred by so much controversy. From Gupta Gate to the hundreds of charges of corruption brought against you.
But still you laugh jacob, it’s one big joke to you.
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I am ashamed to have you as the president of South Africa. You are an embarrassment to every self-respecting citizen in who call this country home. I have literally run out of places to hide my head in shame.
I honestly believe in the saying “What goes around, comes around”. Hopefully that day will come soon, while we still live in a country worth seeing it.