Good Luck Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, Mr President.

There is something about Jacob Zuma which makes me feel genuine hope for the ability of the ANC to do good on the promises they have made for the coming 5 years.  At the same time, I am confident that someone who has gone to the lengths he has to stay out of court, must have something to answer to, but we would not be the first country in the world to have a head of state with a cloud above their head – Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi has been the subject of several criminal allegations and court cases.

So, while still firmly seated in the opposition camp and convinced he should have the charges against him tested in a court of law, I wish Jacob Zuma well as he embarks on his new challenge as President of the Republic of South Africa.

Sir, your political responsibility is a privilege and opportunity afforded to very few.  Execute your duties well and in the interests of all South Africans.  Show us what it means to be a civil servant.  Indeed, usher the return of “civil” back to “civil servant” and your term will have been one well spent.

– Msholozi ushaya isqueakie takkie

A POEM FOR JZ by Mark Berger

O JZ dear JZ
Our new leader you are
From humble beginnings
You’ve really come far.

And now is your time
To shine and be strong
And make a real difference
And prove them all wrong.

We hope you will show us
The man that you are
With the mind of a politician
And the voice of a rock star.

The ladies will swoon
And many will say
That you use much less botox
Than Zille of the DA.

You’ve shrugged off the charges
You’ve given us hope
You even have managed
To fight off the COPE.

We hope you are firm
We hope you are fair
We hope you will never
Put colour in your hair.

We hope you can calm us
When voices are shrill
We hope you get along
with Patricia de Lille.

As well as the opposition
Who will question you so
And challenge your decisions
To ensure that we grow.

For we really do need you
And you really need us
But who really needs
The Freedom Front Plus?

Our politicians are many
Their ideas are too
But it’s not what they say
It’s about what they DO!

We want you to solve
The serious dilemma
Of that very strange man
Called Julius Malema.

And also the Taxis
Who break all the rules
And endanger our lives
And drive like real fools.

We need lots of jobs
And houses and things
And maybe in our parks
For the kids, some swings?

We need much less crime
And violence and fear
And much less of those who
Make corruption their career.

We want service delivery
And efficiency and speed
And competent people
We do urgently need.

To run the departments
Which impact the lives
Of our sons and our daughters
And our parents and wives.

And Africa she needs us
To show her the way
Out of gradual decline
And rapid decay.

But don’t try to fix Africa
By neglecting the South
As was tried by Mbeki
With his pipe in his mouth.

Our economy is strong
And it can still get stronger
If the minister of finance
Could just stay a bit longer?

Cause we want this to work
And we need you to win
And make better lives for those
Who voted you in.

Without grabbing the farmland
Without calling for war
Without making the mistakes
Of Mad Bob next door.

We’re a Banana Republic
I’m hearing some say
But I think we are more like
A Choc Nut sundae.

With some white and some brown
And some nuts in between
And a warm, rich black topping
With a dollop of cream.

So we hope you’re a fighter
Who will fight the good fight
For the blacks and the coloureds
And indians and whites

We hope you will lead us
With vision and grace
So we can become
A much better place.

Yes you are our leader
And we wish you the best
As the next few years
Put you to the test.

So we send you best wishes
And hope you do well
And as they say in the classics

Good Luck Msholozi!

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