Lead­er­ship lack­ing

Sunday World - - Opinion -

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


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