JOHANNESBURG- All these years I was lambasted and ridiculed for my unconditional support for ex-president Jacob Zuma.
Maybe today I need to clear the air. My support for him was not for an individual but it was for him in his capacity as the President of the Republic of South Africa as well as the posture he’d taken in matters of global affairs, especially economics.
Basically, I was not bothered whether he was ANC or not. I did not care what allegations were levelled against him, particularly all the things he was said to be or had done. That was none of my business.
As a structuralist in political and economic thought, I always knew how difficult it is to dismantle and or even challenge the power of global forces. These forces have a tight grip on our countries. And our internal politics is as good as long it continues to serve their interests. Local political and economic actors provide an agency service to the “invisible men” who run the world.
Anything that is not sanctioned or approved by the “invisible men” means someone’s head will be bludgeoned. So, every president knows this hard reality. But there are few exceptions who decided to look at these “invisible men” in the eye and defy them.
Therefore, my sense was that Zuma understood that in order to deal with the hard issues facing South Africa after 1994, he had to carefully choose his friends who were going to help him to face the wreath of the “invisible men”. In this regard, he elected to go with China and Russia as well as the entire NAM fraternity, especially those who dictated the manner the global economic/ political system was operated.
Perfect or not, that is the route Zuma appeared to have taken. There was a need to defy Britain and its allies to perform land reform, fix the structure of the economy, take power back from mining companies, and sort out issues of monetary policy by nationalizing the Reserve Bank.
As I said it was not going to be an easy journey. Others who were thinking like him, e.g. Argentina and Brazil, were forced out of power to allow the global bullies to run those countries again.
I felt in Zuma we had someone who had taken as close as possible to attaining a likely feat of rebelling against global powers. But I knew that the backlash would be serious but I kept the faith until the end.
With the ANC dillydallying on land and SARB ownership, I hope it is becoming clearer why Zuma’s unconventional approach to politics and economics was the best.
As lurid as this sounds, I bet my last cent that the structural issues in the economy will not be resolved through nest parliamentary processes. The ANC will do nothing to “expropriate land without compensation” or to nationalize the SARB.
Global forces are here to take care of things. Unfortunately many people are upset with ANC parliamentarians, yet they wanted Zuma gone. Motho wa Batho had an idea, so he can rest peacefully in Nkandla while Hugh Masekela sends you from side to side.
Enjoy the ride. I am defeated, but I have hope that one day we will get a man or woman who’d be strong enough to show the “invisible men” a middle finger.
We are not down to be out, but only regaining strength!
Oh! Congratulations to the ANC for chickening out of the motion for the management of the Reserve Bank. You provide hope, as many screamed on that night of the Valentines Day… Even with 4/5 of the vote, the ANC won’t change anything in fear of the “invisible men”.
Mina ngithi, Khawuleza, Sheshisa bo!