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Ivo Vegter Pens an Open Letter to President Jacob Zuma

Extreme EnvironmentIvo Vegter has written a satirical open letter to President Jacob Zuma for the Daily Maverick. Starting by saying that “Inspired and angered by recent events, I decided to respond the way any socially-conscious citizen in a democracy should respond. By writing an angry and inspired appeal to the president to do something.”

Vegter then goes on to write a letter demanding that Zuma “do something about the scourge of rape and murder” and explaining that “Most people will surely listen if a leader asks them to stop being criminals.”

Inspired by… no, angered. Inspired and angered by recent events, I decided to respond the way any socially-conscious citizen in a democracy should respond. By writing an angry and inspired appeal to the president to do something.

Dear Jacob,

No, wait, that’s too informal. As Chris Rock, the US comedian declared about his own president during a demonstration of leadership about gun control: “The president of the United States is – you know – our boss, but he’s also you know, the president and the first lady are like the mom and the dad of the country and when your dad says something you listen…”

You’ll appreciate that sentiment, no doubt, having earned somewhat of a reputation for virility as a patriarch yourself. So, let me begin again.

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