Opinion: Zuma will not save you

The former President Jacob G. Zuma is having his first few days behind bars. After a prolonged agony and awaiting further investigations. While the former Head of State hae been held in contempt and been dismissive to the running court case going against him at the Constitutional Court. So, it is not like the process haven’t been going-on, but the former President have avoided participating or following court orders.

That is why… he was charged and had to serve time behind bars. It is not like it happened over night since he had to leave office. The former President has had a pending case and charges on him. The Zondo Commission and the Capture of State allegations are not yet over.

Zuma is not a victim. Neither is anyone else around him. The African National Congress (ANC) and everyone who was working around Zuma at the time could be implicated. Zuma used his influence and office to enrich himself. That’s why Nkandla is such a vast estate and a “village” for himself and his family. So, he cannot just get there with an empty pocket, but because he had opportunities and connections to get it.

What is striking is that the ones who is demonstrating and arresting is only pawns in the game of big-men. Neither of the challengers or the ones behind the banner of Zuma will save you. Ramaphosa knows the same people Zuma does. The ANC of today isn’t that different of Zuma. It is some new faces, but lot of old. Therefore, Zuma wants his life-work vindicated and exonerated.

So, many statements written, speeches held and things in general are made to create the idea that Zuma is a victim. However, he rose among ranks and became a big-shot. The man had an amazing ability to use his leverage and his political operations to benefit himself. That’s why when he has a history for doing this.

Why are you on the barricades for this man? Zuma isn’t a sacrificial lamb or an saint. He is a crook with a pompous and prestigious career. That’s why so many people believes this man and he has the ability to sell a story. Even if the story isn’t true or based on facts. Because, you don’t get 700 charges of corruption and haven’t stolen a coin. He has been the definition of grand corruption in the flesh and got to answer for that.

That’s why I find it striking that people want to save him. When the same man would never save them. It is not like Zuma would be on the streets or be on the front-line for the same fellows who are now crying, creating road-blocks and demonstrations. Which has escalated to such a manner… that the state is sending the troops to quell it.

Zuma wouldn’t be there for the ones in the streets. He got enough trouble ahead. The former President has so many challenges and pending cases. That he has enough to combat and explain. Its not like he can be a saviour or a emperor of the ancient time. No, his just a man with a bad track-record. Who has been able to dupe dozens of folks to think he would make things better.

Instead he will cause more pain and sorrow before his tally is cleared. The people will not be sheltered or get any sort of help from Zuma.

Zuma has enough with Zuma. Zuma has to answer for Zuma and Zuma is not “Above the Law”. Even if he have acted like this for years and it has finally catched up with him. Peace.

United Democratic Movement (UDM): UDM condems former President Zuma for surrendering to the police without incident (08.07.2021)

African National Congress (ANC): ANC Statement on Former President Jacob Zuma complying with the Constitutional Court Order (08.07.2021)

ActionSA: Zuma Arrest – A Victory for the Rule of Law (08.07.2021)

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA): Statement by the MKMVA about the Announcement of the Special ANC NEC Meeting, to the Effect taht MKMVA is According to the Disbanded (06.07.2021)

ActionSA: Courts must not allow Zuma to mock our Constitution (04.07.2021)

Jacob G. Zuma Foundation: JGZF Response to JG Zuma’s ConCourt Judgement (30.06.2021)

One South Africa (OSA): One charge down, 700 more counts of corruption to go for Jacob Zuma (29.06.2021)

ActionSA: Zuma will finally find himself where he belongs – Behind Bars (29.06.2021)

Russian Probe: Proven collusion between Manafort and Kilimnik [and don’t be shocked, it was bound to come out eventually]

The Trump Campaign of 2016 was a house filled with Russian associates and meeting Russian individuals. They held meetings and people who are connected to Kremlin, Moscow and GRU. There was so many meetings from Trump Associates and leaders within the Trump Campaign. Therefore, the latest news from the U.S. Treasury finally let the cat out of the bag.

They are focusing on Konstantin Kilimnik who was associated and worked close with Paul Manafort and Richard Gates. These two were also parts of the Trump Campaign and Gates was also a part of the Trump Transition Team into the White House in 2016. This is why this news is important.

First I will drop the news from the U.S. Treasury. Second is some more context from U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Report from 2020 and the third is the charges put on Manafort in 2018. This is just to prove the close connection between the fellas.

U.S. Treasury charges 2021:

Konstantin Kilimnik (Kilimnik) is a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant and known Russian Intelligence Services agent implementing influence operations on their behalf. During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy. Additionally, Kilimnik sought to promote the narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In 2018, Kilimnik was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice regarding unregistered lobbying work. Kilimnik has also sought to assist designated former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. At Yanukovych’s direction, Kilimnik sought to institute a plan that would return Yanukovych to power in Ukraine” (U.S. Treasury – ‘Treasury Escalates Sanctions Against the Russian Government’s Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections’ 15.04.2021).

U.S. Committee Russia Probe Report oversight into Manafort:

Paul Manafort is a former lobbyist and political consultant with ties to numerous foreign politicians and businessmen, most notably in Russia and Ukraine. In March 2016, Manafort joined the Trump Campaign as convention manager. By May 2016, then-Candidate Trump officially elevated Manafort to be the Campaign’s chairman and chief strategist. On August 19, 2016, following press articles related to his past-work in Ukraine for a pro-Russia political party headed by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Manafort resigned from the Trump Campaign” (…) “In numerous occasions over the course of his time on the Trump Campaign, Manafort sought to secretly share internal Campaign information with Kilimnik. Gates, who served as Manafort’ s deputy on the Campaign, aided Manafort in this effort. Manafort communicated electronically with Kilimnik and met Kilimnik in person twice while serving on the Trump Campaign. Manafort briefed Kilimnik on sensitive Campaign polling data and the Campaign’s strategy for beating Hiliary Clinton. At Manafort’s direction, Gates used an encrypted messaging application to send additional Campaign polling data to Kilimnik” (U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Report on Russian Interference in the 2016 Elections, August 2020)

Charges and Connection with Kiliminik:

““In furtherance of the scheme, from 2006 until 2014, both dates being approximate and inclusive, MANAFORT, with the assistance of Gates, KILIMNIK, and others, engaged in a multimillion dollar lobbying campaign in the United States at the direction of Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, and the Government of Ukraine. MANAFORT did so without registering and providing the disclosures required by law” (2018).

The U.S. Treasury is stating in the collusion between the Trump Campaign and Ukraine/Russian partners. As Kilimnik is in connection with Kremlin. He had worked with the Russian Friendly Political Parties in Kiev and also been supported of Moscow friendly President in the past. Therefore, giving him intel and documents of sensitive nature. This is now the reasons for why the U.S. sanctioned Russian for interference in their elections.

The reason why it’s coming out now? Well, there is no “executive privilege” anymore and ex-President Trump cannot stonewall the process or interfere in the investigation. While he and his allies did withhold documents and didn’t want to testify even. This is why the U.S. Special Counsel or Intelligence Committee could get all information of the actions made in time. As the President or his allies was interested in giving it. They tried to block or make it impossible to get to the bottom of it.

Now, there will be drip-drops of information on this. As the U.S. Treasury and other agencies might uncover more of the heinous crimes. The Trump Campaign and such never did vet Paul Manafort, but appointed him still as the Campaign Chairman. He become the second one after Cory Lewandowski. Clearly, Manafort found ways to be useful, but also profit from his time there. That he could by the connections he had in Kiev and Moscow. Which he had earned millions of dollars on in the past.

Manafort clearly helped and used this time for this and withheld this communications from the authorities. Just like he had held it a secret and not been registered as a Foreign Agent for them previously either. He clearly was interested in doing this and finds way to still make money out of it.

Manafort is pardoned by Trump, but the extent and what sort of pardon doesn’t stop new prosecution of him or new charges. They maybe taken on state level instead of federally and then he can be sentenced again. Because, he has already been a felon and could be severely punished this time around for collusion and conspiring with an enemy. That would be a serious charge and could face a long time in prison.

People cannot say that the Russian thing is a hoax, when all the evidence is there and the proof is official. The U.S. Treasury, one arm of the government is stating it and Kilimnik worked directly with Manafort. Peace.