Zille falls and Clinton rises to the challenge
The recent announcement by Helen Zille that she will not be taking part in the re-election of the Democratic Alliance leader position at the party’s Federal Congress in May, has marked an end of her chances to become President in South Africa.
Journalist turned politician, who made her name in the industry after exposing the circumstances surrounding the death of Steve Biko, Helen Zille has definitely made a tremendous impact on South African Politics. Zille was elected leader of the Democratic Alliance in 2007 and after leading the party for eight years, she has opted to ship out. While everyone is talking about how she should be commended for the work she has done in the country by driving the blue nation to a better place.
I’m not at all surprised that she made this move at such a crucial time in South African politics, as much she denies that she was not forced to leave the position. I think the controversy clouding her tenure since she started has added to her early departure. The woman has been criticised for various issues including how she is runs an all white minority party and how everyone thinks she has favourites in the party. She has also been accused of using black people in her party as her puppets which points at Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane. This was apparently to get votes from black people. Her leadership skills as a leader have definitely being criticised and tested.
I honestly don’t know as to what extent we can say the achievements of the DA are attributed to her hard work as a leader. Giving credit where its due though, Zille did increase the numbers for the party making it become the official opposition today in South Africa. Her departure was expected, I think she saw it fit after being under the hammer several times for engaging on social media and saying all the wrongs things has made her become less favourable. She leaves the party as South Africans will be holding municipal elections next year. Her relevance as a party leader had become questionable and she did a commendable thing by leaving when things haven’t taken a turn for worse. However, I wonder what this means for South Africa and the hopes of us having a woman as a President in the future. Is she backing down because she is white and she sees no chance of a white female ever leading the country?
In contrast to Zille’s fall, the former first lady of America, Hilary Clinton, seems to be on a high, announcing that she is running for Presidency again. Clinton, who is now 69 years old, is not backing down hoping to make the White House her permanent residence for four years after the 2016 elections. Clinton says America needs a champion and she wants to be that champion. After losing to Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton has been Obama’s fan working under him after being elected in the United States Senate.
Once first lady, now she wants the Presidency and possibly rule the world by becoming America’s first woman president after all the 44 statesmen who have led the country were men. This once again highlights the hunger that this woman, she is clearly not satisfied with how America under the leadership of Obama is progressing. I think it’s commendable that at her age, she still has the drive to push for change and command power. She begins her journey which could possibly be her last bid to run the White House by a series of critical campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire. She is expected to use the campaign by highlighting her fight to improve the economic fortunes of the middle class, with an emphasis on increasing wages and reducing income inequality.
Both the women mentioned above have similar qualities; they are both strong minded and wielded and have great academic backgrounds which have laid a good foundation for their role in politics. While Zille is losing her bid for running to achieve a bigger role, Clinton is definitely rising to challenge and is determined to make her mark after building a strong name for her around the globe.