Promises, promises – Jacob Zuma is a versatile politician. He has proven to be an exception to the old adage you can’t be everything to everybody – at least in his words over the last few weeks. According to him everybody will get what they want – from the hardcore capitalists to blue collar workers; from the poor black majority to the marginalised Afrikaners. Just show your colour and he will adapt his pitch to embrace you – a political chameleon of note.
For non-South Africans that are not familiar with Zuma’s theme song (the kind that goes off like Barry White in Ally McBeal) – the lyrics Umshini wam, mshini wam / Khawuleth’umshini wam translate as My machine, my machine, please bring my machine where ‘machine’ is commonly understood to mean machine gun. Inspiring if you’re rallying support in a middle of an armed revolution no doubt.
It would be good for this contradictory rhetoric to get exposed in public debate so South Africa knows what Mr Zuma’s intentions really are for this country.