Politics getting interesting again?
I chanced on a page of City Press which had an article that bodes ill for our 20-year-old democracy: Boo and face arrest, Eastern Cape ANC warns members – City Press
A Facebook link to the page had a picture of a bloke making the soccer “bring on a substitute” signal. I don’t know if this was a picture of the part of the crowd that booed President Zuma at the Mandela Memorial Service at the FNB statium last month, or whether it was taken at an actual football match, but there were reports that several people at the stadium made the “substitute” signal whenever Zuma appeared on the screen at the stadium.
The ANC, in releasing its election manifesto, made it clear that it was standing by Jacob Zuma as its choice of leader, and that the ANC leadership had no plans to bring on a substitute.
On the same page in City Press was a readers poll, which seems to indicate a similar “bring on a substitute” sentiment.
I’m not sure how representative of the general voting public City Press readers are, but I find the result interesting none the less.
I don’t know how long the poll has been up on the web page, or how much longer the poll will be open, but I suspect that the voting so far does not reflect support for Lindiwe Mazibuko or the DA, but it rather reflects the “bring on a substitute” attitude to Jacob Zuma.
I think the sentiment there is that anyone could do a better job than Jacob Zuma, whether it be Lindiwe Mazibuko, Julius Malema, Mamphela Ramphele, or anyone else.
The sentiment of 46% of City Press readers seems to be “bring on a substitute, any substitute”.
The general election will show how many of the voters share that sentiment.