9 February 2017, the political elite of South Africa will descend from every corner of the country to Parliament in Cape Town, to listen to our notorious leader President Jacob Zumu aka “JZ” fumble through another state of the nation address. The room will be filled with glorified wives, tenderprenuers, esoteric puppet masters, world economic leaders, media vultures and most of all, the political parasites trying to find a friend in the political system.

The rest of the country on the other hand, will either be outside the gates shouting and throwing rocks for change or like most of us, watching and waiting for JZ to have his next number reading fail, pull a zap to the nation while pushing up his glasses or laughing as he avoids insults from his opposition. There is no doubt that the EFF are gearing up for a fight (or will storm out like a child throwing a tantrum) in their red overalls and the DA is carefully scripting insults that will fall on deaf ears. It’s all too predictable, as we saw it in 2016 and nothing has changed. One thing is certain is that JZ is obviously feeling the heat after ordering the SANDF to be present, or maybe it is a gross abuse of power and we are heading of a military siege? It’s really just a big bunch of buffoonery in our opinion!

So… as the vloggers and viral artist of the interwebs, wait patiently to carefully capture the next #SONA2017 meme or viral video that will be shared across thousands of social media platforms and give all of us about a week of humour, before we have to watch our beautiful country battle out another two years of poor leadership.

There are however, some amazing leaders in this world ranging from the young Prime Minister in Canada Justin Trudeau who has governed his country as a leader the world can be proud of, but we don’t even have look that far, we just have to turn to our neighbours on the continent of Africa. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya is building an economic super power in the east of Africa, President Ian Khama of Botswana, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast and most of all, the president of Tanzania John Magufuli who was voted as the best president of the world by the UN in August 2016.

This begs the question, how does South Africa rectify its problems as the laughing stock of the continent before we slide into the abyss of no return. The private sectors have had to struggle to maintain profitability through the most corrupt government we have ever had to endure. Is there anyone out there who can save us? Who can bring true change and prosperity back to South Africa? Most of us are wishing that, by some holy miracle, we could resurrect our great leader and father of the democratic nation “Thata” Nelson Mandela and SLAP some sense into the current leaders and political party that he governed.

Words by Matt Johnson for ReviewMe

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