Senior members of the African National Congress and several prominent business personalities joined President Jacob Zuma for the Progressive Business Forum’s dinner at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Thursday night, according to reports carried by the South African Press Association.
Zuma used his platform at the event to drum up support ahead of the local government elections, telling guests “supporting the ANC is an investment that is done wisely”. He also seized the opportunity to hurl a few barbs in the direction of rival parties. “There are some who say that to have a good democracy we need a strong opposition. Democracy must produce results,” Zuma said. Later, in an apparent reference to the Democratic Alliance, he asked potential investors: “Why would you spend money on something that cannot grow?”
Mr President, in light of these comments, let me humbly offer some words of wisdom gleaned from the pages of my office dictionary:
DEMOCRACY: A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
Msholozi, a strong opposition is vital to our political landscape. Without it, South Africa’s democracy risks becoming an oligarchy (buy a dictionary and look up that one for yourself).