Zuma Is Gone & Leaves Behind The Woke Generation

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 08, 2017 South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses supporters outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town after surviving a Motion of No confidence. South Africa postponed the State of the Nation address on February 6, 2018 parliament speaker Baleka Mbete announced. / AFP PHOTO / PIETER BAUERMEISTER

FORMER President Jacob Zuma finally left office last night in what has been a painful four or five years, with the last year perhaps being the most excruciating. Frankly, it was just too painful to watch and the last month-and-a-half even more so.

The Sunday Independent’s Editor Steve Motale, when he was still at the Citizen, penned an apology to Zuma in which he spoke of the machinations by the media against the former president. They never liked him from the onset, he said. He had not gone to formal school and had come into office with allegations of corruption anyway.

The media and elite’s hatred for Zuma endeared him to the rank and file, some of whom were inspired by the uneducated man from Nkandla who rose to become the president of the country.

Having been fired by former President Thabo Mbeki as the deputy president in 2005,  Zuma clawed his way back into politics to beat Mbeki in Polokwane in what was a brutal defeat from which Mbeki people never recovered.

Leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) have always been in the back pocket of one businessman or another. While former presidents Nelson Mandela and Mbeki aligned themselves with white monopoly capitalists in the form of the Oppenheimer and Rupert families, Zuma went with the Indians; his former financial advisor Shabir Schaik who, through a dubious parole, currently serves his sentence for corruption & fraud outside prison; and the Gupta family.

Apart from the litany of allegations of corruption against him, most of which are currently in the courts, Zuma’s administration has delivered some small consolation for the poor; the world’s largest roll-out of antiretrovirals and recently, free education. After 24 years in power, this is all the ANC could deliver to its people. The inequality gap is stifling, with the rich getting richer and the poor struggling to put bread on the table. Corruption is rife and it’s not only committed in the corridors of the public sector as many would like us to believe, but the private sector too.

But what for me has been the success of the Zuma era is a change in the way we view the world today. Due to his foreign policy, shunning the Western financial hegemony and looking to the Eastern bloc through Brics, Zuma has managed to move a section of very vocal people towards challenging the status quo. We’ve heard them demand a free, quality and decolonized education. They called for radical economic emancipation, the state bank an a review of the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank. They got all of those at the ANC’s national conference in December.

He has inadvertently spearheaded an alternative voice for the people, within which there’s a rise in black consciousness – awareness for and pride in blackness. He leaves behind the Woke Generation which will vigorously demand the implementation of the progressive policies accepted at the last ANC national conference.

10 Comments on "Zuma Is Gone & Leaves Behind The Woke Generation"

  1. Oh yes!! I salute him whole heartedly!!

  2. Yes. There are positive spin off from President Zuma ‘s Administration e.g. free education which will benefit the poorest of the poor. Changing power dynamics in the international plane by joining BRICS by RSA.

  3. Sis’ PK you have said a mouthful. I don’t think this is the end of Nxamalala though, as the adversaries may believe. Let me end there for now.

  4. Nothing to salute here! What a wasted 10 year reign. Good riddance.

    • Jeff Koorbanally | February 15, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Reply

      Fish Monger, we all come from different types of struggles, yours may not be the same as mine, and definately your struggle is not the same as the majority of poor black people of this country, who’s lives have improved in the last 10 years and who are much wiser than were in the last 10 years. If the last 10 years was a waste with no reign,then you suggesting the Anc has failed us,then maybe you should take the lead!

      • Of course the ANC has failed the majority in this country…30 million living in poverty. What more is there to be said really

  5. You are 100% spot on PK. His refusal to get into the Ruperts and Oppenheimers back pockets created a problem for him as White Monopoly Capitalists resorted to dirty tactics by setting their Mainstream Fake News Media and their stooges on him. Again I fully agree that his administration must be lauded for having increased the supply of ARVs thus preventing the mass annihilation of younger generations; introducing free education; and alternative friends (BRICS) in order not to only depend Western funders who are only interested in looting so called “third world” resources (remember who is speaking about “shithole countries”). And most importantly the nation is quite awake now. People are questioning the WMC corruption, the FAKE NEWS we are fed daily by the WMC Mainstream Media, Access to finance by black people and businesses,the quality and value of education we receiving (the education we getting must enhance our values as Africans not to demonise them). Zuma’s administration has achieved a lot in these two terms in office than Mbeki’s three terms (note that Mandela was a ceremonial president) because it spoke the truth to power (WMC) and questioned the corruption by big business, it tackled difficult issues of Radical Socio-economic Transformation of the country’s economy and the role of the Reserve Bank as far as empowerment of poor, oppressed black people is concerned.
    I also believe that this is not the last we have seen of Msholozi. He has played an important role in empowering the poor black South Africans, especially in rural areas.

  6. Greg Alexander Mashaba | February 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm | Reply

    President Jacob Zuma ,unlike his right-wing detractors , never ever claimed to be perfect. His adversaries, both within and outside of the ANC were determined to undermine his administration from the beginning because they simply had a perception that he had defeated a pro-business candidate in Polokwane. The old apartheid-era scare tactic of “rooi and swaart gevaar ” was always at play during his presidency. Even our children in former Model C schools were brainwashed daily into hating him as he was presented as a threat to post-apartheid political values.
    Some , even within our movement , good not accept the fact that one of their very own , who had triumphed over the humiliation of being a “garden boy” , someone who had not had access to formal education simply because he was black , could rise to the highest office in the land.
    Finally , he was ridiculed even by our own black people , the new emerging upper class, simply because he was proud of and not ashamed to display love of his own culture.
    You can rejoice Fish Monger. But your rejoicing shall certainly be short-lived. Jacob Zuma might not have had formal education like yourself , but he certainly is not the buffoon which people like yourself wrongly think he is. Those who had the benefit to get to know him in exile during the darkest days of apartheid will attest to the fact that he is a brilliant and a master tactician. As Cde Stalin correctly points, the shadow of Cde Jacob Zuma will loom large over the South African political landscape for a very long time to come. I too join the thousands of former cadres who salute him as one of the most brilliant cadres ever produced by our organisation. Ridicule and contempt by his right-wing adversaries shall never erase his heroic contribution to our national and social emancipation , that which even people like yourself Fish Monger enjoy today.

  7. To gloss over the insidious relationship mr Zuma has with the Guptas,then juxtapose that with the ones mr Mbeki & Mandela had with Rupert & Oppenheimer,to insinuate that that is the norm is a sin,Pinky

    You always fight against FAKE NEWS in the mainstream media and I support you all the way,but to twist reality by giving mr Zuma credit for the WOKE GENERATION is tantamount to FAKE NEWS…this is the kind rubbish that is peddled by the renegades BLF…one could say the WOKE GENERATION emerged because of the youth being fed up with his and ANC’s incompetence in the liberation project.

    What I think we can draw as a lesson from mr Zuma is that a president has a prerogative and with that prerogative in the hands of a decisive leader,much improvement can be had…mr Zuma was clearly for himself and his family first and the rest of us last.

    The issues of the roll out of medicine was initiated the Mbeki administration,check your facts,the free education policy was forced down the ANC’s throat by students,it did not come out of free will.

  8. People who believe in Fake News WMC Mainstream Media are the ones who always get their “facts” completely wrong because what they believe to be factual is in fact Propaganda. How could Mbeki rollout ARVs when he didn’t believe that HIV is causing AIDS. And why being in the backpocket of the Guptas should be different from being in the backpockets of the Ruperts and Oppenheimers?

    Just because the Guptas are Indians and the Ruperts and Oppenheimers are Europeans? If the relationship is corrupt by virtue of it being based on State Capture, IT IS CORRUPT WHETHER YOU ARE AN AFRICAN, EUROPEAN, INDIAN, AMERICAN, BLACK, RED, WHITE OR WHATEVER RACE YOU ARE. So now here we are actually told to apply Double Standards. Different rules for a certain group of people and different rules for the others.
    THIS IS PATHETIC AND VERY WORRYING BECAUSE IT SHOWS HOW EASILY BLACK PEOPLE CAN BE BRAINWASHED. I THINK OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM WHICH TEACHES BLACK PEOPLE THAT EVERYTHING BLACK IS INFERIOR AND EVERYTHING WHITE IS SUPERIOR NEEDS A SERIOUS REVISIT AND SCRUTINY.

    I Fully support the idea of DECOLONISING EDUCATION. The so called Educated Black Middle Class are the ones who hate themselves the most. THEY HATE THEIR LANGUAGE, THEY HATE THEIR TOWNSHIPS, THEY HATE THEIR PARENTS WHO CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH, THEY HATE THEIR SKIN COLOUR AND THEY HATE EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM BEING A BLACK PERSON.

    That’s pathetic to say the least. ZUMA has revived BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS and that is why you see Revolutionarists like BLF, PROGRESSIVE PROFESSIONALS, DECOLONISATION OF EDUCATION AND MEDIA SPACES LIKE UNCENSORED OPINION. IF I WERE TO TAKE THIS OPINION OF MINE TO WMC FAKE NEWS MAINSTREAM MEDIA, IT WOULD NEVER BE PUBLICISHED BECAUSE IT HAS PROVEN FACTS BASED ON THE SKEWED SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA WHERE BLACK IS POOR & DOWN-TRODDEN AND WHITE IS SUPER RICH.

    WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE UNEDUCATED BY THE WMC FAKE NEWS MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

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