I always find it interesting how certain things happen at certain times for reasons that reveal themselves at a later stage. I’m a great believer in fate and I always try look for why things happen, when they do.
This youth day our dear Pres. Jacob Zuma was in Mexico standing proud with the world’s leaders at the G20 Summit (seems like there’s always a summit of some kind to satisfy 3rd world leaders wives need for a 1st world shopping trip).
This is the first time a president of South Africa (after we emerged from the dark ages of course) has not been in the country during the HIGHLY symbolic Youth Day.
If you are not sure what Youth Day is exactly or why it is symbolic maybe you should read here first!
This is probably one of the most significant days in South African history and for the leader of the country not to be there to speak to the youth is beyond disgraceful, in fact it’s more disrespectful. You see so often leaders and governments disregard the youth because they think they have no power. If June 16 1976 has taught us anything it’s that the youth have a voice, a powerful voice, and they will use it to great effect if they are pushed far enough! The youth can topple leaders, government and throw countries into political chaos. If you lose the youth you lose a part of your control to govern the people – never forget that Mr President (although you may have already lost it)
What’s interesting is in the days leading up to youth day both Helen Zille and the artist formerly known as the head of the ANCYL, JuJu, both criticized the president for his lack of attention to the youth!
Zille blatantly attacked the president’s ability to empathise saying
“We have a president who simply seems unable to understand the lives others lead. Empathy for the other, we know, is the beginning of the sincerest kind of reconciliation.”
This was almost mirrored by Juju’s comments during a rally held in the only place people still think he is worth something – Limpopo.
“But comrades you must know the real man, the man for his own family, the man who has no interest for his own people, the man for his tribe…the man whom we said was a unifier, the ANC today is more divided, what is the legacy of President Zuma? His legacy is that of being interrelate to the youth, is that of expelling those who disagree with him.”
Which got me to thinking about this very interesting proverb . . .
Now we all know that JZ and the DA are and continue to be political enemies but after recent expulsion events I think it’s fair to say JZ has made another powerful enemy in Julius, and the one thing that Julius has control over, is the youth!
If you are a little slow and can’t see what I’m getting at it’s that on this youth day where Zuma has been criticized so many times about failing the youth, has his blatant absence opened the door for two of the most unlikely allies to form a rather powerful political team?
Don’t get me wrong now.
Firstly, I think it’s not possible for a multitude of reasons, least of all that JuJu is too much of a loose cannon and political liability that he is virtually uncontrollable.
Secondly, I don’t think that our Julius is smart enough to understand that the only way he will ever make it back onto the political spotlight is if he reinvents himself, not as a white-hating, land-grabbing extremist, but as a man of the youth ready to fight for whichever leader shows they are focused on our youth (and whose power teet he can suckle on next).
It’s a dream (or nightmare scenario), but wouldn’t it be fun to see JuJu and Helen on the same side?
I think even if I get to hear JuJu respond to ‘Do you hate white people?’ with ‘NO! I love them’ just one more time in an interview it will be worth the political drama!