There is so much going wrong in South Africa that gets blamed on President Jacob Zuma. Sometimes the blame is warranted, sometimes it is not. Nelson Mandela’s former PA Zelda la Grange found out the hard way this weekend that she did not have a licence to behave badly just because the target of her tirade was Zuma, everybody’s favourite whipping boy.
Zuma has a way of infuriating people, particularly with his off-the-cuff remarks, which usually has very little to do with the major problems besetting the country. And what South Africa needs him to talk about, he doesn’t. In a time when the fallacy of a rainbow nation is unravelling and tough moments lie ahead with the deepening power and economic crises, national dialogue is bound to get nasty.
On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma was bestowed with a saint order by the Greek Orthodox Church. The Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in Africa, Theodoris II, paid a courtesy visit on the president on Sunday afternoon and then bestowed him with the Order of Saint Mark, the highest order the church can give to a foreign national.
The president was apparently pleasantly surprised by the new…
Source : Daily Maverick