While our cricketers were being humbled in the World Cup down under by New Zealand, our President was toying with the idea of becoming a dictator.
If you’re wondering how these two events are connected – they’re not. It’s just that both our President and our cricketers were a major disappointment yesterday, with the former being a permanent one.
While most will have people laughed off Jacob Zuma’s idiotic contemplation, some of us were a tad bit jittery, this being Africa, a continental clusterfuck of downright autocratic and pseudo-democratic governments. Talk here in South Africa of dictatorship by the ruling circus clown should never be taken too lightly.
Zuma may be a giggling, incompetent, lying, corrupt leader who somehow always comes off as likeable to the voting fodder, he harbours a dark side that very few people get to see. I caught a glimpse of it once on television when he was engulfed by a horde of reporters and cameramen, and I recognized it instantly. He is most certainly capable of transforming into a full-blown dictator.
But why would Zuma want to become a dictator, even if for one year as he facetiously “requested” in the South African Local Government Association summit in Midrand? He has everything going for him.
(a) He has this uncanny knack of fooling everyone into thinking they have a fully functioning democracy.
(b) The majority of the voting public being somewhat credulous, are tripping over each other to vote for him.
(c) He has twisted practically every arm of the law and judiciary to serve his every whim and folly.
(d) He can spout utter rubbish and the majority of the people lap it up unquestioningly.
So why? Is it possible that he senses that the tide is turning and that things will no longer be going his way. Are more and more of his former supporters and lap-dogs slowly but surely recognizing what a huge liability he is?
I think so…