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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has finally come of age – old age, that is. Last Sunday was the first time I recall him talking seriously about the R-word.
No, not Ramaphosa. I’m talking about retirement. You know, when you are put out to pasture and just drift off into the sunset. The president was in Durban with his ANC top six, engrossed in discussions about the fractured KZN leadership, factionalism, political violence and the critical need for party unity when he halted deliberations and informed his colleagues he needed some time out.
He politely excused himself and headed off to the Essence Festival at the ICC for a welcome break.
It being October 1 and, as it turns out, International Day for Older Persons, it was perhaps serendipity that turned the conversation at the festival to retirement.
The president appeared excited at the prospect of bowing out and told people he could not wait for mid-2019 when he would officially retire.
So, what does No 1 plan to do once he steps out of the Union Buildings? Well, it seems he has two priorities. One is to travel around the country listening to his favourite maskandi group Izingane Zoma. He showed his appreciation for maskandi by presenting the musicians with a new R370 000 minibus as a gift.
And he used the platform on Sunday to show off about his health which, he said, “makes me still able to win fine-looking women”.
“Don’t even doubt me because whenever I approach a woman, she would never say no to me,” he bragged.
The right time to retire, they say, is when you dread going to work.
Judging by the president’s demeanour in Parliament recently, he’s not having a whole lot of fun.
If there’s any truth to his claim of spell-binding power over women, here’s his chance to do the country a big favour before the big blast-off. When he decides to step away from office, he should take his colleagues Dudu Myeni, Faith Muthambi and Bathabile Dlamini with him.
He might not realise it, but by doing so he’ll be saving our national airline from certain bankruptcy, putting a stop to the profligate waste of taxpayers’ money and giving peace of mind to 6million pensioners desperately worried about the future of their state grants. Be presidential for once – just do it!