Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Despicable cult of leadership

This article below follows a statement by Cosatu leader in support of Malema’s statements that his troupe of monkeys are willing to take up arms and kill for Zuma.

Now we hear the commies have come out in support of Malema as well. This is sure to build confidence in the country, eh?

We have a bunch of half-wit knuckle-dragging apes in charge of influential organisations from which the future 'leaders' are selected to fill the pig trough that is the SA gubbermunt.


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What is worse about Vavi’s (Cosatu) statement is that he was addressing police and prison guards.

It is doubtful that Julius Malema, the president of the ANC’s kindergarten, reads newspapers. If he did, he would have read last week that international ratings agency Fitch had lowered its outlook on South Africa from “positive” to “stable”.

When an agency such as Fitch takes you down a notch it means you are not doing well.

In effect, what Fitch is saying is that the risk of investing in South Africa has increased. And why has the risk increased?

“Rising inflation, a wide current account deficit and political uncertainties are creating a testing environment for policy makers,” said Veronica Kalema, a director in Fitch’s sovereign debt group.

The political uncertainties that Kalema refers to arise because of the mad, sad, bad utterances of people like Malema.

For those of you who have not been following the news, Malema told a June 16 rally in Thaba Nchu: “We are prepared to die for Zuma. We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma.”

ANC president Jacob Zuma sat next to him, grinning and clapping, so I guess he approves of such stupid and dangerous utterances.

Many of us have said that a big chunk of Zuma support is made up of people who have no clue about what it takes to build confidence in a country and its leadership. We knew this before Polokwane and we are seeing it today.

The ANC, instead of coming down on Malema like a ton of bricks, issued the most inane statement of its 96-year history.

And Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi followed up on Malema’s statement with a howler of his own. Speaking on Saturday at the funeral of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union’s vice-president , Pretty Shuping, Vavi said: “So, yes, because Jacob Zuma is one of us, and he is one of our leaders, for him, we are prepared to lay our lives (sic) and to shoot and kill.”

This is the leadership that is going to be running the country from April next year.

One wonders what Fitch will be telling international investors then. What is worse about Vavi’s statement is that he was addressing policemen and women, and prison guards. Should these armed men and women then take up their service pistols and kill in defence of Zuma if he is brought to prison for corruption?

One wonders if Vavi was thinking at all, let alone whether there is any grey matter between his right ear and his left.

While Vavi was soiling his name by endorsing Malema, the youth leader was busy trying to find someone to blame for his stupid utterances. Speaking in Durban on Saturday, Malema said: “Everything we say, they [previous generations] said it before.

If you blame somebody, you must blame a generation before us because we are just continuing a legacy.”

It is time for a lesson in ANC history. First, no one in the ANC has ever killed or sworn to kill for any leader. The most admirable members of the ANC have put their lives down for principles of freedom and equal rights. That is why Nelson Mandela said: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal that I hope to live for and to achieve. But, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nowhere in that paragraph does Mandela speak of shooting and killing for a leader.

So what is this madness about people being prepared to die for leaders? What we are seeing in Vavi and Malema’s utterances is a despicable cult of leadership in which individuals are deified and treated with a reverence they do not deserve.

We have examples of this: Robert Mugabe, Adolf Hitler, Mobutu Sese Seko and Idi Amin.

ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe deserves a medal for standing up against such rubbish. Last week, he was a lone voice in the ANC, saying: “We have had so much killing ... and for someone at this point to talk about killing! It is one thing if you are prepared to die and lay your life down, but to kill? What do you mean?”

Motlanthe knows that the distance between Malema’s utterances and a Zimbabwe situation is very short.

But does Zuma know? Does he care for anything except saving his own skin, helped along by Malema and Vavi?

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