I'll admit to being one of Jacob Zuma's biggest sceptics because I judge people by what they do rather than by what they say. In Zuma's case, his record speaks for itself. And in that case, he is not to be trusted. Most leaders should start with a zero score and then move from there. I gave Mbeki a zero and he finished minus a fucking lot. Zuma is not at zero. He starts with a deficit and until he earns kudos by DOING something worthy of praise, he remains a dolt in my book.
Besides the rape charge, the flip-flopping on Zimbabwe, the hundreds of corruption charges he managed to arm-wrestle away you must not forget he was second-in-command of the ANC's 'intelligence' unit stationed outside the country that even Amnesty International fingered for gross human rights abuses. This is the man's record.
This is the faulty individual that has been elected to guard Africa's biggest money chest. He has the keys to the petty cash. Lots of it. This is also the man we taxpayers forked out R1 million a month in VIP protection when he was outside government, a private citizen, like you and me. At no time did he stop and think, "Hey, maybe that money could be better spent on the poor I portend to represent". But no, the man is either shit stupid or selfish or both (we'll see which as time goes by) and I believe he will be easily led. He has too many skeletons in his closet that will come to haunt him. Too many favours owed. Too many deep dark secrets. Too many debts to repay. Beginning with the Shaik brothers. Oh by the way, expect a pardon any day and a miraculous recovery from Schabir Shaik. Hallelujah!
In the meantime, while South Africa goes into deficit, while millions starve and live in squalor, while 43% remain unemployed, Africa's next "Big Man" is going to spend another R84 million of your money on an inauguration party. Some more minus points in my book.
Jacob Zuma will spend AUD$12 million to celebrate his inauguration as President of South Africa, where the financial downturn is expected to drive unemployment to 43 per cent.
As crashing commodity prices cripple his country, Mr Zuma has invited kings and presidents to be among 4000 people at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on May 9.
Opposition leader Helen Zille vowed yesterday that she would watch Mr Zuma's African National Congress party "like a hawk" for signs of corruption and complacency after last week's election win.
"My message to him would be that South African voters are voting more and more on the basis of issues and not blind loyalty (to the ANC)," she said. "This is the ANC's last chance to rely on the loyalty vote, because weare becoming a mature democracy."
As Ms Zille prepares for the first sitting of the new parliament, another leading white woman in South African politics will be a happy spectator.
Perth-born Suzanne Vos, known as the "White Zulu", has lost her seat after 15 years as an MP for the Zulu-based Inkatha Freedom Party.
But she has few regrets. "I'm free at last," said Ms Vos, 63.
The former journalist for West Australian Newspapers entered parliament in the 1994 "freedom" election that overturned apartheid rule and installed Nelson Mandela in power as the first black president.
"It's been an extraordinary time. It has been fantastic," she said. "But now it's time to move on to do other things. There's work to be done on the rape crisis and many gender-related issues as well as drugs and gangsterism."