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Monday, May 15, 2006

Vaz on Zuma
A great post from Vaz shows the probable road from a Zuma presidency, with patent parallels to Venezuelan Hugo Chavez's populist, but ineffectual reign. Chavez is a perfect example of populism winning over pragmatism, resulting in a leader brought to power on personal charisma over requisite skills and capabilities, with obvious consequences. Vaz says:
I have only one question to be posed to Zuma: "Which is greater: the man, Zuma or the country as whole". If the country is the answer, then he should be honourable and fade away into background, instead of pandering to some by seeking the presidency in 2007 then ultimately 2009.
Methinks Zuma's ego would say "no comment"...