- Gareth Cliff wrote one of his famous letters to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
- While the majority of Mzansi is not happy with her, Gareth feels she has gotten the short end of the sick
- He admitted there is not much they agree on, however, he does feel that lockdown is doing more harm than good
Gareth Cliff has penned another one of his famous letter to one of our government officials, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
There is no doubt that Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has a lot of fingers pointing at her with a lot of angry faces behind them.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Gareth did what every single South African has been trying to do, tell Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma straight, however, her did it extremely diplomatically.
Starting off, Gareth explains how he decided to give Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma some respect before jumping to conclusions or pointing fingers.
“I watched your NCCC briefing today. I decided at the outset to give you the respect due to you – as an elder. Without the usual judgement that we’re all prone to, I listened not to get angry or find fault, but with an open mind.”
Further giving Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma respect, Garth made it clear that he does not see her the way the rest of SA does, what he sees is a strong elderly woman who has been misunderstood – he hope the people can look past what the media has led them to believe.
“Minister, I see a woman who is directly in the vulnerable age group and who has put herself on the front-line, not someone commanding from a safe distance – most people your age are retired and relaxing at home. I see someone who appears to me to be trying her level best to navigate uncharted territory, just like all of us.
"You said yourself that government has made mistakes and asked for our patience and support – and that isn’t asking much. I see someone who has overcome a great deal of adversity and male chauvinism, not to mention nastiness from a public who like to cast you as the villain. I feel it is time for us to find ways to be less destructive and more collaborative.”
Garth further expressed his disgust in how people have been treating one another during this desperate time which calls for unity, love and mutual respect.
“It almost seems like we have forgotten how to be civil to each other. That will undoubtedly make things worse, and nobody wants us to emerge from this crisis morally poorer as well as having lost loved ones and jobs. At least we have a choice about our attitudes.”
Admitting that he and Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma do not share many a common ground, Gareth made it clear that this is not what this letter is about.
“Now, I shouldn’t have to say this, but if I don’t people will think I’m a traitor to my principles: There are a great many things you and I disagree on – the tobacco ban, the liquor ban, the curfew – in fact, I have been against the lockdown from the start. I think it has done enormous damage to us, and to many other nations.”
Putting his point across plainly, Garth told Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that the best way to handle this situation is in a sensible, responsible way that serves all, not just some – the people need to return to work in full capacity and take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“We should do what sensible, responsible people do – wear masks, wash our hands, avoid putting others in danger – and we should get back to work and save South Africa.”
And last but certainly not least, Gareth let Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma know that the best thing about lockdown has been her zol song.
“By the way, your song with Max Hurrell is the one thing I loved about lockdown – even though I don’t zol.”
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