The winds of change appear to be blowing through the South African political landscape with the DA’s Helen Zille’s recent announcement she will not stand for re-election as the party’s leader in May 2015.
The face of opposition politics may change forever if the DA’s parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane is elected the party’s new Commander-in-Chief. The charismatic Maimane leads the list of candidates.
And speaking of “Commander-in-Chief,” EFF leader, Julius Malema’s problems with SARS appear to be escalating. Apparently, his agreement with SARS is no longer valid. Malema now faces additional penalties and sequestration in the High Court on 1 June which means he will lose his seat in Parliament.
In addition, rumours persist that President Jacob Zuma may not complete his current 5 year term. Apparently, there is growing unhappiness in the ANC with his controversy wracked leadership.
This means that by year-end, South Africa may have a new state president, new leader of the official opposition and may also see the end of Julius Malema’s short but controversial stint in politics.
If Zuma is ousted or recalled, presumably, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa will take the oath as the next President of South Africa. With Ramaphosa as president, Maimane as leader of the official opposition & Malema in the political wilderness, SA could enter a new season of stability & prosperity.
Interestingly, both Ramaphosa and Maimane have strong Christian backgrounds. If the Body of Christ remains in faith and continues to intercede for the nation, we will see God transform South Africa.
At the beginning of this year I spoke to several Christian leaders about their perspectives of 2015. Some said we will see a “shaking” in South Africa and abroad. Others agreed change will come.
What we may be experiencing is the beginnings of this shaking as God sovereignly removes one ruler and sets another in place. He is, after all, the King of kings.
I can’t shake the feeling that the Lord is giving His Church a unique window of opportunity to impact and influence the political sphere of this nation — so we can direct and shape its destiny.
The SA Government is currently facing mounting pressure to fix the growing political, economic and social challenges the nation faces. As a result of weak leadership, the ruling party is losing credibility.
In the midst of this man-created chaos God will bring order. You and I must co-labour with the Lord through prayer and praise. Continue to pray God’s will be done for South Africa and you will see it.