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Zuma supporters are not just greedy, traditionalist morons: iLive

Phumlani Mpanza, Centurion | 14 December, 2012 00:02
President Jacob Zuma. File photo.
Image by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

AS WE head to Mangaung, I have "guinea pigged" myself to explain the mind of a Jacob Zuma supporter. I do not, however, represent all.

First , a Zuma proponent is not an unschooled moron. There are those who have inferior or no education, but they are not his followers because they are not learned.

Second, a Zuma supporter is not a Zulu male who practises polygamy. There are traditionalists who support the president, but their loyalty does not originate from their cultural views.

The support that Zuma enjoys from non-Zulu-speaking provinces, among others, justifies my assertion.

A Zuma supporter is not a corrupt, tender-dependent and self-enriching character.

The current economic system, which is not of Zuma's making, has provided too many corrupt-minded characters with ample opportunities to milk the system at the expense of the poor. Also, corruption is a societal problem.

A Zuma supporter, like other patriotic South Africans, is concerned about the direction in which the country is headed. The mind of such a supporter is filled with noble, untested and progressive ideas aimed at changing the outlook of our country for the better. For this supporter to prosper and make a more meaningful contribution, however, he or she must get rid of the victim mentality.

Blaming all ills on apartheid and Thabo Mbeki may have some element of truth, but can also be viewed as a means to avoid accountability.

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