Should JZ ex­plain his ac­tions to us?

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Ndoda Ezwell Mdau via SMS It

is the pre­rog­a­tive of the pres­i­dent to use the pow­ers that are given to him fruit­fully and to the ben­e­fit of the re­pub­lic while he ex­e­cutes his du­ties. He also has an obli­ga­tion to en­sure that the coun­try re­mains in­tact. Jo­hannes via SMS Zuma

doesn’t owe us an ex­pla­na­tion, but when he makes stupid de­ci­sions, then we must hold him ac­count­able. Le­fika At­teridgeville, Gaut­eng Zuma

owes us an ex­pla­na­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, they are all scared of him. He acts like a Mickey Mouse. Khahliso Moshe­sha via SMS The

an­swer is a def­i­nite yes. But more im­por­tantly, it is the pre­rog­a­tive of any elected “lead­er­ship” not to make any con­fus­ing de­ci­sions that af­fect cit­i­zens neg­a­tively.

What is most un­for­tu­nate is the si­lence of those self­ap­pointed ad­vo­cates of “black” peo­ple, in the form of the “ANC”, when a black per­son, even among their own ranks, is dis­re­spected. In this coun­try, so far, ev­ery fi­nance min­is­ter has been treated with re­spect, un­til an “in­de­pen­dent” black per­son was elected to that po­si­tion. In his own words, the pres­i­dent claims no one per­son can af­fect the “mar­kets”. He left out the word ‘black’, but the in­sin­u­a­tion is clear to ev­ery­body, ex­cept his col­leagues in the ANC. Why re­verse a de­ci­sion if it was not “bad”? Peter Doble via SMS Aques­tion

for all SA vot­ers. Is JZ pre­sid­ing over a) an au­toc­racy b) a plu­toc­racy or c) a klep­toc­racy? What­ever the an­swer, in­di­vid­ual politi­cians must be more ac­count­able to their con­stituents. That’s true democ­racy. Them­bek­ile Pre­to­ria, Gaut­eng South

Africa does not be­long to Zuma and so he most cer­tainly owes South Africans an ex­pla­na­tion. My main con­cern at the mo­ment, though, is whether Zuma is in the first stages of de­men­tia and whether we are just fail­ing to see it. Zuma must just fall. Jus­tice Mu­dau via SMS Zuma

owes us an ex­pla­na­tion if a de­ci­sion he makes has an im­pact on us. He doesn’t own South Africa; he’s just a leader. He can’t make de­ci­sions with­out an ex­pla­na­tion. Ole­hile Pre­to­ria, Gaut­eng Zuma

does owe the na­tion an ex­pla­na­tion for the de­ci­sions he makes and must nec­es­sar­ily be fully ac­count­able for the con­se­quences of his de­ci­sions. To have it any other way is to hand the coun­try over to a klep­toc­racy act­ing in con­cert with dark forces in­ter­ested in any­thing but the best in­ter­ests of this na­tion. Trevor Bonginkosi Sibuyi Dum­fries, Lim­popo Thumbs

up to Zuma. A wise man al­ways changes his mind. But this coun­try is in need of higher skills and lead­er­ship. We want to see a rapid change in govern­ment struc­ture and gen­eral in­sti­tu­tional prac­tice. Give this coun­try a new pres­i­dent be­fore it is too late. Mala via SMS Yes

he does. He is ac­tu­ally a pub­lic ser­vant. As are all politi­cians. Bantu La­mani via SMS He

owes us an ex­pla­na­tion as tax-pay­ing cit­i­zens of this coun­try. His main key per­for­mance area is con­stant and hon­est com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the cit­i­zens. If he fails to do that, he must fall. No­ma­lun­gelo Mng­wengwe Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, KwaZulu-Na­tal Yes,

Zuma owes South Africa an ex­pla­na­tion. He might hap­pen to be the pres­i­dent, but he needs to ex­plain his de­ci­sions. He was cho­sen by the peo­ple. We are await­ing his ex­pla­na­tion. We can’t stand for an au­to­cratic pres­i­dent in South Africa. If he fails to ex­plain his de­ci­sions, he must fall.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma

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