There are some people who just standout, seemingly without making an effort to do so. There are people who are bad and who the world would rather not hear about and there are good ones hardly known to the world.
In the last couple of weeks, two women have camped in my mind, each for different reasons.
They are so apart in appearance, intellect and vision that it made me wonder if this was God’s attempt at ‘diversity’.
How can the same God create Grace Mugabe and, a few years later, create Thuli Madonsela? God dumped Robert Mugabe on us but favored South Africans with Nelson Mandela. The Lord should know that this is not funny at all.
But today, I throw no pebbles.
I too have to pay my dues. I just have to add a word of encouragement and appreciation to an African lady who takes her responsibilities as seriously as she takes herself.
It seems that Thuli Madonsela is doing something outrageously outstanding.
A woman staring down a corrupt and budding African dictator is something to behold on our continent.
South Africa is going through the growing pains that African countries, like Zimbabwe, went through. It is up to the South Africans to look to the north of their boarders and decide which path to follow.
They can learn from the still smoldering disasters of Zimbabwe and map their own path of honesty and democracy, knowing fully well that leaders come and go but South Africa stays.
South Africans, and, indeed the rest of Africa, can view what happened to those countries that fought for independence only to destroy the nation and the people for whom they allegedly fought so fiercely to “liberate”.
Failed leaders, like Robert Mugabe, now try to influence other countries to follow their failed policies and South Africa’s ANCis not sure of what to do because, it seems, it badly wants to be identified as a ‘liberation party’.
Honestly, how can Mugabe, like he did a few days ago, criticize any country’s economic situation, let alone agriculture and indigenisation?
South Africa must remain a brave candidate for a democratic nation because Africa needs to show that it is not deficient in democracy but is constrained by western countries that support errant sitting African presidents.
Why should Africa, of all continents, lack heroes?
I am humbled by the steely efforts of Thuli Madonsela who stands her ground on the principles on which she holds that job.
Jacob Zuma should be glad for this woman and not try any funny tricks. When he married all those women, Zuma should have known that the ordinary citizens are not responsible for the upkeep of his harem.
As for Madonsela, you have gone very far, dear lady. You have gone too far to turn back and, as you can see, the whole world is mesmerized by your efforts to protect South Africans who now stand to face more abuse from their own than they did under apartheid governments.
The behavior of African governments is predictable. We have been lucky in that South Africa still intends to remain a fair forgiving nation whose efforts of reconciliation are much deeper and more serious than the fake ones once fronted by Zimbabwe.
Keep on, Madonsela, for your sake, for the sake of South Africa and, indeed, for the sake of Africa because suddenly, the world is watching you with admirable expectation.
It is still a mystery how thugs manage to make their way into the presidency. We have seen it in the Charles Taylors of our continent and, closer to home, who can deny that Zimbabwe is being run by organized criminals?
People like Madonsela must be saluted and encouraged. Our nations need them.
For his part, Jacob Zuma, with all the intelligence at his disposal, must fight toe-to-toe and clear his name. This is an opportunity to show the seriousness of the rule of law.
They must go for it openly and there should be no malice, threats or punishments.
The ANC must censure Gwede Mantashe, its Secretary General, for uttering thinly veiled threats to Madonsela.
The heart of the matter is that what is unfolding in South Africa is something of importance to the region. How the government will react to the Public Protector doing her job is of great importance to other nations in the region.
It is yet another opportunity for South Africa to lead by example and silence people like Mugabe who went all the way to China last week to criticize South Africa.
Professionals such as Thuli Madonsela need to be encouraged to continue serving their countries in a sincere and honest way. Africa must break away from the old mentalities of putting politicians above the law because presidents are our servants not our masters.
The ANC must not copy the behavior of ZANU-PF and always stand in the way or meddle with any investigations that are being undertaken by government. The ANC must keep the boundaries between the party and government very clear, something most African countries fail to do.
I feel some comfort that, in South Africa, there are not yet unexplained road accidents of a political nature such as we suffer in Zimbabwe whenever someone crosses the path of that abominable ‘Wizard Of Zim’, Robert Mugabe.
Botswana has registered its most prominent “road accident” claiming a very popular opposition leader who, ironically, met his fate coming from South Africa and I would like to hope that it is the last in our entire region.
It is a shame that across the world, liars and cheaters survive longer than those who stand for the truth.
Thuli, your courage must not be tempered with “I can, but I won’t.” If you have to go to court, go. If Zuma wants to counter that, he should; it is his right. But do not temper the law or your efforts to accommodate political cronies.
Go the whole hog, Madame.
And, Thuli, if you can, try to cox back the likes of Lindiwe Mazibuko to add voices from their corners to assist with a strong voice of what South Africa needs to be like.
It is not a dream but a wish…but both dreams and wishes have been known to be granted.
Surely, your country cannot be criticized by that murderer Mugabe, when you can do better for yourselves and for Africa.
African nations have responsibilities and obligationsfor each other. We are the same, only that we are different.