Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
12 Aug 2021
5:40 am

Being a son of a Zimbabwean does not make you a Zimbabwean

Brian Sokutu

As Joburg mayor and an ANC leader, Jolidee Matongo should be challenged on service delivery and governance issues – not his place of birth.

Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo. Picture: Twitter

As the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama made no secret about his African roots. Amid the legitimacy of his birth certificate being unfairly questioned by former US president Donald Trump, Obama made it clear he was an American leader, with strong family ties in Kenya, where his father was born – proudly producing a birth certificate as proof. Among his many powerful speeches, is the Obama 2015 address to the African Union at the Mandela Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He said: “I stand before you as a proud American. I also stand before you as the...