As a majestic 21st century sovereign state, 1 thing is clear in abundance when it comes to South Africa. And that is the fact that Jacob Zuma is by far the worst and most tainted President our Rainbow Nation has had in its limited democracy. From the Arms Deal to Nkandla, from Rape Trials to birthing Julius, and an innumerable amount of direct family members that cost the fiscus over R150 million per annum; it is quite clear that the man is compromised in a personal capacity, before we even begin to dissect his questionable leadership.
Currently SA has the largest amount of government departments for any independent country on the planet; 37, yet we only have the 25th highest GDP. In fact our nearest competitor is that bastion of moral fortitude, Iran, with 35. We have a declining economy, burgeoning unemployment, R30 Billion squandered through corruption and mismanagement per year, and nepotism ; yet nothing but lies and questionable break-dance moves are used as an excuse. It forces me to ask; is there no one better, in a country of 50 million people, to lead South Africa into the future? I believe there are.
5. Thuli Madonsela.
This fuzzy little sweet peach of an advocate has endeared herself to all honest South Africans following her exposure of the Nkandla scandal, institutionalized rot within the SABC, mismanagement within the Independent Electoral Commission and tender irregularities in Limpopo by the chubby little poster boy for Cornish Pasties; Julius Malema.
Oh, and that’s just in the last 12 months. She just happens to be a globally acclaimed human rights lawyer, and one of those 11 technical experts that helped pen our constitution. Not bad for the daughter of two impoverished informal traders from Soweto. Her eloquence and demeanour, when delivering scathing uncoverings of our local political elite, without fear or favour, is enough to give any intellectual the stiffest of mind boners. She may be the obvious choice, but with integrity by the truckload, she is the undeniable frontrunner.
Where many might see the Mbeki brand and think of a man smoking a pipe, the real juggernaut of Govan’s lineage lies in Moeletsi. They call him a political economist, who dares pander to rational, logical, objective thought, rather than populist demands and empty promises.
He has acquired that pesky ‘lil thorn in the ANC’s side: A Harvard education. An independent think tank at Wits; he is not only a political analyst for Nedcore bank, but is also the deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs. Basically he makes SA sexy to the world.
He is outspoken about a litany of faux pas within the ANC (including his brother, Thabo) and the growing Chinese imperialism, brash socialism and cadre deployment have all come under his knife.
3. Ferial Haffajee.
You need the backbone of a stegosaurus and strength in your own volition to be a politician in South Africa. You will be insulted and your reputation will be doused in kerosene and set alight at any opportunity.
The ability to hold steadfast, and push your views through the abuse and slurs, is what shall hold you in high esteem; especially if your values are centred on truth, free speech and accountability. Ladies and Gentlemen, the pillar of investigative and intelligent reporting: Ferial Haffajee. Making her name at the Mail & Guardian before establishing City Press as one of the foremost Sunday newspapers, her insistence, as Editor of these publications, on cutting to the heart of South African issues in an impartial yet often controversial manner, has meant her political insight and editorials are of the highest calibre this country has seen.
Refusing to be held to ransom by threats of boycott or legal rebuttal; some of the biggest stories of the 21st century have come from her reign. Being articulate and calm under pressure would make Ferial a better president than Jacob Zuma.
2. Pravin Gordhan.
Pravin Gordhan is SA current Minister of Finance. This is a position he had previously held from 2009-2014. He is also the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, serving from 2014–2015.
Minister Gordhan has worn many SA hearts by his bravery opposition to jacob Zuma’s attempt to run the National Treasury.
Cases like SSA issue, Eskom, PRASA, and NT investigation, and the nuclear deal has made Gordhon popular amongst most South Africans.
1. Mmusi Maimane.
Maimane has been an outstanding leader of the opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) since 10 May 2015. He is also the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of South Africa since 29 May 2014. He is the former leader of the DA in the Johannesburg City Council and the former DA National Spokesperson.
In addition to his political career, he is also a pastor and elder of the deeply conservative Liberty Church.
Maimane is now a big role model to many South Africans because of his modest and gentle way of handling things. The just concluded Local Government elections will prove to you that Maimane will lead the country better than Pres. Zuma.
But in honesty there are thousands of individuals who could put their own personal aspirations aside and work for the good of this country rather than personal gain.