Once seen as a man of the people Jacob Zuma has now become the face of corruption in South Africa. The ANC is expected to report on the outcomes of the NEC meeting that took place on Monday. Reports came in suggesting that the NEC has told Zuma to resign or be let go.
Here is a timeline of him in the lime light:
• 2005 Zuma was charged with corruption as one of the role players in the arms deal which saw his advisor prosecuted and the charges were “irrationally” dropped as we now know.
• 2005 He was charged with raping a daughter of a comrade and he was subsequently acquitted in 2006.
• 2016 The President was found to have violated his oath of office and the constitution as a result of his allowing knowingly or otherwise “security” upgrades at his private home.
• 2017 Calls for the President to leave office gain momentum and opposition parties take advantage of this.
• 2018 The ANC’s NEC decides to give him an opportunity to resign
Zuma is no longer leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and thus is seen to be a liability in the movement. The President will face his ninth vote of no confidence if the ANC does not heed to opposition pressure. This is a man who has the charges of money-laundering and racketeering, stemming from a controversial $5bn arms deal signed in 1999 hanging over his head.
Zuma has proven the notion that political leadership has become immaterial in the fortification of democracy. As many have previously argued that democracy is made by institution such as the judiciary and Parliament, that as long as these institutions are rock solid it is irrelevant who holds political leadership in a democracy because “all democracies are started by visionaries and implemented by mediocrities”.
Mr Routledge believes that even though we are facing great reports of corruption which he describes as “violence against the state and violence against the poor”, this country has the potential to continue to hold the moral high ground as advocates of liberation in Africa, on the other hand this opportunity “will not be there for much longer unless we start doing something about it.” He tells us to consider all these perspectives and ask ourselves if we are scraping the bottom of the barrel for political leadership, only then shall we realise that we are in a predicament.