FIRSTLY, I must state that I do not consider Jacob "Showerhead" Zuma as my president. It has nothing to do with colour, but integrity and ethics.
The man has none.
All that I wish to do in this letter is point out some crucial points that relate to not only taxpayers and all South Africans, but to the people of Port Elizabeth and of Walmer Township:
ýZuma first wanted to purchase a new plane for more than R2-billion. How does this make him a man of the people or compare him with Joyce Banda from Malawi who has sold the country's planes and taken a 30% salary cut?
ýZuma did not get his new plane, so now he wants to do more extensions to his Nkandla home! Hundreds of millions of rands have already gone into his home, paid for by us, yet still not a single dignitary has stayed there in the three years that Zuma has been in his official position.
This is not a state property, it is his personal property;
ýThe presidential "parrot", Mac Maharaj (who is implicated in several fraud investigations), states Zuma will pay at least R10-million of the R200-million for the extensions (which will inflate to R300-million).
One question: where does the president suddenly get R10-million? His official salary is just more than R2-million per annum;
- The "parrot" also states that President Barack Obama may come and stay. Has anyone informed the "parrot" that the US has elections next month and that even though Obama should win, he may not.
Either which way, he is not coming to stay within the next two years as his schedule is prepared more than a year in advance. Fact. No major dignitary, not even the Zulu guy, has stayed at Nkandla;
- How many houses could be built in Walmer Township with R300-million?
- How many bucket toilets could be eradicated with R300-million?
I am a sixth generation South African and very proud of it, and therefore just as much as a South African as all my fellow races out there. I am proud of my city and the people of all races of this city and country, for despite how much our ruling politicians and unions are trying to ruin our spirit, all South African races have not crossed that boundary and turned on their fellow countrymen.
I do however fear that without a strong leader, we will continue to go backwards, as we have over the past eight years. The ANC has a chance now, in this next Mangaung election, to show that it is still a party to be respected.
Otherwise, it is not a case of when will the ANC become like its president, but a case of the ANC is now like its failed president. The repercussions for the country will be disastrous in years to come.
Ed Gutsche, Port Elizabeth