ONE of the greatest architects of our democratic nation, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe, described leadership as follows: “True leadership demands complete and total subjugation of self, absolute loyalty, integrity and uprightness of character, courage, fearlessness and, above all, an undying love for one ’ s people.”
All of this can be looked at in the context of the cabinet led by “President ” Jacob Zuma and the public protector, Thuli Madonsela.
You see all those traits in the public protector and none in Zuma ’ s cabinet.
The interministeral report on Nkandla was meaningless. How do criminals investigate themselves, let alone find themselves guilty?
Plausible denial is what is being fed to us.
There are no clear lines of communication.
Someone in a position of power just mentions, in the presence of subordinates, their desire for something to be done.
The subordinate, who has some authority and is dependent on patronage, acts on this and the boss ’ s desire is met.
When the crap hits the fan, the senior person is able to say “I never gave such instruction ”, which is plausible because no such direct “instruction ” was given.
Think about the Gupta saga and how Bruce Koloane became the fall guy.
If the president does not know what is happening at his own compound, how does he know what is happening in this vast country?
People like Cyril Ramaphosa, Jeff Radebe and Max Sisulu have buried their reputations for the sake of one man who has not even one of the character traits of leadership as defined by Sobukwe and exemplified by Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Bantu Steve Biko. Othafa Odinga