President Zuma's domestic record have left him open to criticism. Countries such as Angola and Nigeria are finding it hard to refer to South Africa as a regional leader when its own house is in such a state of disrepair.
Facing the hostile crowd, who had been fed-up, hungry, shot at, and arrested in scores, there was little else he could do. What can you say to the men and women who faced the tragedy, and painstakingly picked up bullet casings? What can you do in response?
The future of the CAR is naturally uncertain. For the country to become capable of controlling its destiny and asserting its sovereignty by preventing armed militias from entering its land, Séléka must avoid the mistakes of its predecessor.
When I returned to New York, I couldn't help but think that through the everyday resolve and achievements of people like Hilda and the systemic strides inspired by heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa, I had just seen the future.
In the aftermath of the fury unleashed by the ANC, will artists still dare to challenge and provoke? Or has South Africa accepted that culture and "acceptability" is something determined only by its ruling party?
Several weeks ago, controversy ignited in South Africa when a Johannesburg gallery opened an exhibition by artist Brett Murray featuring The Spear -- a painting which depicted Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa with his genitals exposed.
The World Cup was without question a major sporting success for South Africa. The fields opened on schedule and disparate groups of South Africans who usually self-segregate exalted together in public. But the party's over.
The soccer matches will provide a lift for the national mood of a country that wrestles with seemingly intractable problems in a democratic context if no longer with the uncritical acclaim of the immediate post-apartheid era.