Pol­ish doesn’t fill the cracks…

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - IAN FOSTER

ANC PARTY PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma must be feel­ing akin to Job when he de­vel­oped his 100th boil on his butt, hav­ing to put out fires on all fronts: Ju­lias (sic) Malema, the Shikota threat, his own tar­nished im­age and – worst of all – the pol­ished per­for­mance of care­taker Pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe.

Here’s a man who has passed ma­tric, a man of calm de­meanour, some­one who can hold his own in talks with leaders of the G20 na­tions, a diplo­mat in the true sense. Mot­lanthe doesn’t have to dance on plat­forms, toyi-toyi in streets and call for arms to gar­ner sup­port. His Pres­i­den­tial poise so in­censed the pow­ers that be at the ANC that they in­structed SABC chiefs and some of its re­porters to re­duce Mot­lanthe’s ex­po­sure and to pol­ish Zuma’s im­age in­stead. Well, what’s there to pol­ish? The ubiq­ui­tous shower rose stick­ing out of his head? Truly, there’s not much else.

Mot­lanthe has never been ac­cused of al­leged rape, cor­rup­tion or of in­cit­ing his fol­low­ers to bring his ma­chine gun – even tra­di­tional weapons for that mat­ter. And no youth league hot­head has even vowed to kill for him. He hasn’t threat­ened to ban preg­nant teenage girls to ru­ral “de­ten­tion” cen­tres and hasn’t ad­mit­ted he goes weak at the knees when con­fronted by a young woman in a short skirt.

SABC, pol­ish all you want – Zuma’s im­age will re­main tar­nished.

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