From preacher, to teacher, to farmer or philanthropist, the world is Jacob Zuma, has more than enough on his plate to keep him busy after he leave the post of State President.
There are hopes he will chose to step down gracefully after consulting with leadership, but otherwise he might find himself recalled, or impeached by parliament. Regardless of how he leaves, it will mark the end of an era.
Whatever happens next, we haven’t seen the last of uBaba, as he is fondly referred to, on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Briefly.co.za has compiled a list of five options he might consider...
Shortly before he dethroned Thabo Mbeki from the ANC’s top position, while still serving as deputy president, Zuma was made an honorary pastor by a group of independent charismatic churches in Ntuzuma who lauded him as being “a leader who listened” and pledged their support of his future leadership. One of the leaders, Qiniso Shabalala, applauded Zuma as being the type of leader who “ sees poverty and walks and lives among poverty-stricken people in Nkandla, rather than a person who learns about poverty through the internet.”.
In addition, Bantu Church of Christ also gave him the position of a pastor. “I’m blessed, and I’m called to bless. I have been given the power to bless. I’m so happy for this ordination ceremony. I’ll be leaving office soon and serve the Lord with the rest of my life,” said the newly ordained Zuma , perhaps offering clues as to what he plans to do with his retirement.
In 2012 Peking University in Beijing, China, awarded President Jacob Zuma was the title of Honorary Professor of International Relations. Today though, the university’s website doesn’t seem to confirm existence of such a department over there.
Zuma also reportedly said he was “humbled” by having been awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters by Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston. Not bad for a man who many try to ridicule for his supposed lack of academic qualifications.
3. Public speaker
Former presidents the world over attract envious fees for public speaking engagements. President Zuma has already show his ability to speak at world events on behalf of his people. Just recently he held the full attention of the African Union (AU) summit where he said “corruption in Africa is exaggerated”.
However not everyone is a fan of his public speaking style, or rather, lack of style.
Clearly a disruptor, radical thinker and person of great interest. He, like other former presidents might do well on the public speaking circuit.
According to ThoughtCo.com, past president of the USA, Bill Clinton, earned $750 000 for a single speech in Hong Kong in 2011.
There has been much speculation that small-scale commercial farming awaits Zuma. This type of farming is the opposite of subsistence farming.
Discussions about Zuma’s future as a farmer has seen parliament descended into chaos and comedy ahead of a debate over “Nkandlagate”. During the debate in 2014, opposition MPs disobeyed the speaker’s orders to sit down or leave the House, instead standing and yelling at her: “You must go!'”
Filibustering questions included DA MP Annette Steyn’s one on “measuring the speed at which chickens run” at Nkandla, and “how cattle kraals can be used for security purposes at Nkandla” from DA MP Zelda Jongbloed.
5. Everybody wants to save the world
There is always philantrophic pursuits as a fitting continuation of service for any president after leaving office. Like many other previous world leaders, Jacob Zuma’s own Foundation is a fully fledged, registered NPO, involved in projects concerned with education and community development. In addition it also hosts Christmas parties for children and the elderly in Nkandla. After all, The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Thabo Mbeki Foundation cannot save the world alone, right?
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Any queries about the financial fitness of the foundation have been dismissed by reassurances that the standard bearer of financial responsibility, Dudu Myeni, is the chairperson.
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