Dear Jacob Zuma

Dear Jacob Zuma


How is the lying and the cheating and the stealing going? I see you’re making good progress in dismantling democracy. You’re also doing your best to turn the races against each other. We acknowledge your efforts in these areas.

You have avoided all of your responsibilities to the best of your abilities. You are fantastic at putting your own interests ahead of the county’s. You’re getting even better at taking money that should be going to the poor and giving it to yourself and those in power that support you. You are getting so good at this that you now do it in public without even trying to hide it. You are great at making others lie on your behalf, with everyone knowing that they are lying for you. We acknowledge them too.

No one man has ever done a better job at ruining our economy, at wasting our resources and undoing what was achieved in the struggle. For this and more you deserve recognition. Make no mistake we will remember all that you have done.
Yours sincerely

The People

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Troydon Wainwright is a philosopher and Reiki Master based in Cape Town. Born with mild cerebral palsy and dyslexia, Toydon learnt to write as a way to overcome the barriers his dyslexia placed in front of him. “I wrote my way out of dyslexia,” said Troydon, “or at least to the point where reading and writing aren’t a problem anymore.” During the day he works as an educational facilitator (someone who helps special needs students cope academically and become more independent). At night he dedicates his time to writing. He has won a Nova award for his short story, The Sangoma’s Storm, and been a feature poet at the Off the Wall poetry readings in Cape Town and at Cape Town Central Library. Three of his poems were also included in the anthology Africa’s Best New Poets. He has also been published in the South African Literary journal, New Contrast. One of his Facebook posts, in which he took a stand against racism, has gone viral (

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