Big Up To You, Mr President

Finally we have a President. Bigup to JZ for stepping up to the plate and taking decisive control over his administration. If the Prez continue in this manner he may just save his legacy. Sorry to Min. Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde. I didn't think she would be fired.

Someone asked me this question few weeks ago:

Q: What do u think of our current president?A: For someone who came into power under a cloud of controversy I think he has managed to keep his dignity intact to some extend. I do however feel that he is missing some huge opportunities to prove to the nation and the world that he is a man of honour. His legacy is tainted and right now he needs something to make a positive mark on history but unfortunately his indecisiveness and blatant ignorance towards certain issues that plague his administration are a hindrance for that. 
Right now he will only be remembered for corruption, his relationships with women and his relationship with the out of control ANCYL. Firing Cele may just be a first step in the president winning back some confidence from me as a non-biased leader. Of course the fact that his friends and family members seem to be amassing wealth at the expense of his legacy is worrying. Whether or not they are getting tenders because he is the president or legitimately, perceptions carry a lot of weight in politics so that puts a dent in the president's image. 
All in all. I'm not crazy about the man but there are certain qualities about him I admire (few though they are).

His decision to sack Minister Sicelo Shiceka and suspending General Bheki Cele was a turning point in his presidency. A lot of people will see him in the good light as off today.

I am not too happy about Min. Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde's sacking though. I think the poor woman inherited the problems in her portfolio.

I feel that she could have been moved to another post instead of being FIRED. But still, I am very impressed by the President's swift attention and dealing with this matter. It shows that our democracy works and the office of the Public Protector is not just there for show but hold tangible power.  

We still have a long way to go but the Prez wins my vote of confidence for his decisiveness in this matter. 

Read what opposition parties had to say about this:

Response to Zuma's reshuffle
Graeme Raubenheimer & Chantall Presence 
Opposition parties have praised Zuma for his cabinet reshuffle.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille welcomed the reshuffle saying it was imperative that he showed some real leadership and determination.
Zille said Zuma's actions are better late than never. 
“We welcome his position on minister Sicelo Shiceka, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and on Bheki Cele. We also welcome the announcement of some excellent judges to investigate the arms deal and we are now just waiting with great interest to see what the terms of reference for that investigation are,” she said. 
Meanwhile, independent analyst Harald Pakendorf said Zuma’s axing of Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Shiceka says a lot about the standing of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. 
“It is also compliments for the public protector and her standing in public life in South Africa and that President Zuma accepts what she says,” he said.
Congress of the People’s Smuts Ngonyama said legal action must follow Zuma’s announcement.
“The message must be clear that corruption will not be tolerated. South Africa does not need corrupt officials and those responsible should be held accountable,” he said.
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Kenneth Meshoe said the highlight of the reshuffle was the removal of the two ministers.
“The first one is minister Shiceka who has been accused of wasting tax payers money on a visit to Switzerland and we also welcome the removal of Public Works Department Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde,” he said

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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