Polish doesn’t fill the cracks…
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.