Poll: Is Jacob Zuma’s Apology to the Nation Good Enough?
I deeply regret the pain that I have caused to my family, the ANC, the alliance and South Africans in general.
I also acknowledge and understand the reaction of many South Africans.
Jacob Zuma, 06 February 2010
By now, all would be aware that South Africa’s poster boy for polygamy and the man attempting to become the literal Father of the Nation has made an effort at apologising to all those offended by the recent revelations about his extra marital affair with Sonono Khoza.
The out-of-any-sort-of-wedlock birth of his 20th “love-child” brought about a groundswell of public mutterings during the week, forcing the President to firstly issue a terse statement saying that his private life is not the nations’ concern, then acknowledge paternity of the child and reveal that he was in a “current relationship” with Ms. Khoza.
As one article put it “…the country united in an unprecedented show of revulsion.” (IOL)
He then went into hiding to avoid the media frenzy (officially though he took two days off to “rest and reflect”) and then finally on Saturday released his public apology.
We ask if you believe that the President is fit to continue to lead the country or not? Is he sincere and responsible enough to repair the damage he has caused to the ANC and the country? Are the revelations that he had a pact with the ANC elders to avoid just this sort of scandal enough to get them to “recall” him a’la Thabo Mbeki, and replace him with Kgalema Motlanthe? Or is this all just a storm in a teacup that has no bearing on the mans’ ability to lead.
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.