Former leader of the DA, Helen Zille has addressed patronage as one of the root causes of African countries being held back, referencing “Zuma uprisings” as a prime example.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) shared some insight by its former leader, Helen Zille on Monday, 19 July 2021, during a broadcast of The Inside Track. Zille shared her opinion on how the country can restore law and order and win the war on corruption.
Zille stated that patronage is one of the core problems that hold African countries back, and pointed out that she believes that this is because constitutional democracies believe that state institutions are there to serve and protect everybody and their interests. Zille further stated that Jacob Zuma and his supposed faction believe that having been elected, they controlled the institutions of state to protect themselves against the people. She also stated that the notion of using such institutions to look after those close to you only is what undermines factors such as the law, as seen in the so-called Zuma uprising.
See the post below.
Jacob Zuma and his faction believe that they can control state institutions to protect themselves and look after their patronage networks.
Watch as @helenzille reflects on how we can restore law and order, and win the war on corruption.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) July 19, 2021