When I look at the state of the country at the start of Women's Month this August, I can't help but think what it would be like if we had a female president.
If I look at the way the men have run this country into the ground and put us into one of the most uncertain eras we have ever been faced with, I wonder whether a woman would have done the same, or a better job.
The internal political fighting we have seen over the years have impacted our economy negatively many times and the recent riots and looting in Gauteng and KZN following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma has caused our economy to drop and South Africa losing some of its sexiness.
All this and the pandemic has definitely impacted the tourism sector negatively, and now the petrol price has also gone up by almost R1 a litre.
In my opinion, a woman would have done a much better job as president because of their natural caregiver instincts.
I think a female president would have been more protective of the needs of the house and with the strength women have shown over the years, I am certain they would not have fallen victim to state-looting either.
With all the flack Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received over the dop and entjie bans during lockdown, she stood firm and yes, we can admit that they did have an impact on limiting the number of positive cases.
A mother also has the capacity to make the best of something, no matter how little there may be, and somehow the children always understand.
Whereas with these men in power all that is happening is money is being thrown at problems, like Cyril is doing with the R350 grant.
With regards to the looting, it was clear to the entire country what the cause was but the president chose to speak in riddles.
In the meantime, on social media Duduzane Zuma was speaking to his supporters asking them “to loot responsibly”.
I believe a female president would have said: “We know who it is and we are fetching them.”
Yes, politics is not always easy but when you are attacking the family, surely the family needs someone in charge who stands up for us, and the man of the moment is not doing the job for me.
We have been stuck in this pandemic for much longer than we initially thought we would be, but I think Cyril and his cabinet were playing political games and hence they were caught off guard, as he admitted.
South Africa is in a state of limbo and when I look at the men who will potentially become our next president, I can’t see anybody with enough guts to stand up for the family, so for me, a female president would be a good change.
What South Africa needs is someone they respect and speak of with affection, as we once did with Nelson Mandela.
We need that aunty with the ideas who just speaks to us and then we do it. Not because we are afraid but because we respect her leadership.
I am ready for this change, a fresh face, a woman of strength and dignity, like the time when America got Barack Obama.
South Africa needs love and attention at this time, and I think a woman would understand it better than men.
I used to look at the Democratic Alliance and say the problem with them is they are too formal, too businesslike and not in tune with the people, but they had two female leaders at a time and the Western Cape was and still is one of the best run provinces in the country.
With that said, let us make the change at the elections.
Let’s vote for a female because we have had many fathers of the nation, and it seems like they are just trying to do a good job and they have not.
So let us give the mother of the nation a chance.
Remember that without Winnie Mandela, the ANC would have long died out.
*The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not reflect the opinions or views of the Daily Voice.