We are still living through the previous President and his misgivings… this being former President Jacob G. Zuma. The former African National Congress President and leader have been going through a long and prolonged investigation into his actions in office. This is the State Capture cases and the Grand Corruption, which he was involved in.
Zuma had the years of 2009 to 2018 as President and 2005 to 2008 as Vice President. So, this man has been in the halls of power and enjoyed the perks of it. That is why him and his team is defending the looting and usage of office. The man wasn’t born with a silver-spoon, neither was a inventor or a serial entrepreneur. No, he was a career politician who rise up through the ranks of the ANC. This is why his wealth, connections and everything was on a rise while he had power.
We all know that suddenly he had funds, house in the Middle East and built a village in Nkandla. These sorts of efforts and enterprises doesn’t happen overnight. Neither, does the use of State Owned Enterprises to favourable business-partners in the Oakbay or Gupta Family sphere. These are all things that the courts and Zondo Commission have to assess. All of these acts over the years and every business deal made with his associates.
Over all those years… there was so many scandals, SOEs involved and other “investors” all eating of the plate. While the President was getting kickbacks and favours. That wasn’t shocking. Neither that his family members and ministers was doing that as well. It was a collective effort and Zuma was skimming of it.
So, that Zuma on the 1st February 2021 calls himself a victim and that he is being hunted is wrong. His being investigated and hopefully something can come out of this. As the years are going. The cases are getting old. The documents and affidavits are there. The proof is still there, but the corruption scandals shouldn’t lose relevance.
Zuma had no issues robbing the state and the accounts of the state. The President had no issues getting kickbacks and enriching himself in office. So, it is now that he got to defend himself. The former President turns himself into a victim. The investigation and criminal proceedings are aligned with apartheid. By doing that the former President isn’t only revising history, but also making himself not accountable for his own actions. That is not shocking, because at some point… this man made it look like he could get away it.
This is why we are now in 2021. There been several of times this seemed to be closer to an end. There been charges, but no sentencing. There been indictments and investigations, but no finalization of these cases. The ex-President should answer and possible serve time. That is up the to the courts, but people stealing much less hasn’t gotten any mercy. Therefore, if there is an equal justice before law. Then Zuma should answer for his crimes, but not alone. He should answer together with his associates and political operatives. That all knew this was happening. It wasn’t happening in a vacuum.
Zuma isn’t a victim. That is a lie. He is a man in legal jeopardy and deserves to get investigated. There is no need to bring a up terrible past, which has nothing to do with it. That is just misusing it to gain political mileage. That maybe worked before, but it shouldn’t work now.
Zuma did the bidding in office, earned his coins and wealth. He should answer for that. Since, he wasn’t a mighty businessman or inventor of some kind. No, he was just another politician with a crooked method of gaining funds. Peace.
Today, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Elias “Ace” Magashule was today charged in Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on 21 counts of corruption and other charges. The Secretary General was released on bail.
However, he became really defensive in front of supporters on the outside of the court. He went all in and spoke his peace. Which wasn’t directly good, but is a manner we have seen from others from the party addressing cases like these.
The ANC Secretary General Magashule said he count point out individuals doing the same as him and he could talk about what other comrades was doing. Initially, he stated that he could rat or snitch on party comrades. That says there are more shady deals and corrupt deals, which isn’t investigated or charged. This is what his telling without specifying anything directly.
Still, the idea of the SG doing this says it all. As this is his defence, “I did it, but my associate and comrade did it too”. The kindergarten argument: “everyone else does it too, so it must be okay that I do it as well”. Well, that is not how these things goes.
The ANC have had issues with corruption and misuse of government funds. The leaders of ANC is used to use the offices to gain fortunes. This is well known, but if someone like Ace would tell. It would implicate and be affidavit of possible breaches of law. Which in the end could create more cases of corruption and involve more high ranking officials within the state. That would really damage the ANC, but also show the truth of how the ANC is running the state.
Ace should talk, he should sit down and spell out the ones he has information about. Tell to the Hawks and others. So, they can investigate and stop corrupt behaviour within the state. As the ruling party and as the SG of that party. He should this as a moral obligation and as a service to the Republic.
Instead, I think he does this as a politician to say he can implicate others. So, if you want peace let him be and not sentence him. The ANC don’t want the dirt out and clean the laundry in public. That will be disgraceful and distasteful. Also the horrific who will damage the integrity and the allegiance between comrades within the party.
That might start are race of backstabbing and people getting paranoid over their own acts and business in government. They either just resign or hope the storm will go over. However, we know it is just a dream scenario of Ace to talk. Ace will not say anything or implicate anyone. Because, that takes away his chances of having office again and also getting re-elected in the ANC. He cannot go against the party and point at the individuals he knows has done dirt.
The ANC is knowingly corrupt and has misused their time in office. The ANC has used the state to profit and high ranking officials have earned fortunes on their time in office. Therefore, the ANC SG could in practicality hurt the party very much. However, I doubt he would. He wouldn’t dare and wouldn’t act upon it. Because, he would be alone and a lost soul.
Ace wouldn’t have friends and comrades. Ace wouldn’t be saved or have any safe haven. Ace would only have exile and the rebellion would cost him his whole career. That’s why he will not do it.
However, it would be interesting and would cause a stir if he really did talk. Peace.