South Africa is once again ready for change. The victory of the 1994 elections has been muddied by ongoing corruption, with many politicians putting their greed ahead of the needs of the people…

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the inadequacies of government interventions over the last two decades. Schools are still severely under-resourced, millions of South Africans still don’t have access to fresh water, the bucket system has not been eradicated, crime is spiralling out of control, and the economy is in the worst shape it’s ever been. State Capture has emptied our coffers, and even the emergency pandemic finds are being plundered.

While the pandemic has made things worse, it certainly cannot be blamed for the sad state of affairs in the country. Which is why millions are calling for change.

In 1994, President Nelson Mandela led us into a new era, and the words “it always seems impossible until it’s done,” echoed around the world.

So what happened?

While the battle for freedom was won, and the apartheid regime was crushed, greed and corruption still prevails.

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Now we need a nurturer. Someone who will help heal a broken country.

Someone who is strong enough to stand up against corruption. Someone who is used to putting the needs of her family first. Who understands the importance of educating her children, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, providing financially, and planning for the future.

It’s time for a female leader

Yes it might come as a bit of a shock to some “to be led by a woman!” But research proves that it could change the country for the better.

According to this piece by The Conversation, Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan and Angela Merkel of Germany have all been singled out for the way they have handled the coronavirus pandemic.

“They’ve been praised for demonstrating care, empathy and a collaborative approach. These skills – stereotypically described as “feminine” – have enabled them to listen to scientific expertise, work with local authorities and communicate effectively with the public. It has made them come across as transparent and accountable at a time of mass confusion.”

And All4Women readers want “Thuli for President”

On Tuesday, All4Women published an inspiring piece in which professor Thuli Madonsela weighed in on State Capture and her hope for SA’s future.

Readers flooded the Facebook page with praise for the prof:

  • Emmarentia du Toit: Great respect for this woman!
  • Tina Kruger Blades: Please stand for President, you definitely have my vote…
  • Coba Badenhorst: Wonderful lady
  • Jerlaine Swanepoel: Pls put this wise woman in the president place. She has better logic… #voteMadonsela
  • Dollie Scheepers: Dollie Scheepers STAND for President
  • Alida Elizabeth De Villiers: Its Time for a Woman to be the President. Vote Thuli Mandonsela.
  • Avril Macé: Thuli for president.
  • Kevin Brighton: Must she go with the DA, Mashaba or on her own.
  • Judy Deswardt: She should stand for president
  • Beverley Ann Swanepoel
  • Beverley Ann Swanepoel: She should be our President
  • Irene Sunderland: She is a wonderful lady she should be president

‘People WILL go to jail’

Madonsela was a guest PSG’s Think Big webinar series.  When asked about the consequences for those involved in state capture, Madonsela was adamant that people will go to jail. She was also hopeful about the future of the country and its youth.

“Young people today give me hope because I am seeing change. In my dealings with young people at Stellenbosch University, I’m finding that Generation Z and Millennials are truly committed to building a functioning society. It might not always be visible, but I think a quiet revolution of uprightness is brewing and the days are numbered for those that think that they can rely on young people to support them when they are corrupt.”

South African society today has many ills that may seem insurmountable, but Madonsela maintained she is always hopeful. “If you lose hope, you lose everything,” she said.

SA needs a ‘female approach’

The Conversation highlighted how a ‘female approach’ allowed women leaders to rise to the top during the coronavirus pandemic:

“The pandemic has placed in sharp relief the need to invest in care and social infrastructure – ‘feminine’ areas of the economy that have been overlooked for too long. The experience of women leaders who have reinvented both political leadership and femininity and the institutional contexts which have allowed them to get to the top, can help reimagine inclusive political processes in the wake of the crisis.”

So ladies, let’s unite

Next election, we’re all voting for a female president… My vote is for Thuli Madonsela! (We just need to convince her to enter politics!)