Listen to yourself, Mr President
Aleader’s words that are followed by action are mostly trusted by his or her followers. But when the words contradict the actions, then society is left with no choice but to seek leadership elsewhere.
President Jacob Zuma’s address at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town this week said taxpayers’ money should not be used for corrupt purposes.
He went further to assure the world that South Africa was transparent in dealing with corruption.
“We have special structures that investigate very deeply the corruption that happens, particularly in government.
“If there is a problem, we have structures to investigate ... Even the president [referring to his own corruption case] is investigated thoroughly if there is something wrong. We have a strong anticorruption culture that we have developed that was never there before.”
He went on further to say: “Government has established a lot of institutions that fight corruption. People have the right to go to the Public Protector.”
These statements are true, but we need to respect the decisions of those institutions that government has set up to deal with corruption.
Failing to respect the decisions of these institutions clearly sends the wrong message to the public and the world.
President Zuma would do best to implement some of the recommendations of the Public Protector after she found that the president and his family unduly benefited from non-security upgrades at his private residence in Nkandla.
When it suits him, Zuma boasts about the Public Protector’s office as a corruptionbuster.
But when it finds against him, he is quick to remind the Public Protector that she is not a judge. Which one is it, Msholozi?