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Opinion: Zuma and Ramaphosa, different cases but similar sins

That former President Jacob G. Zuma is now warranted an arrest on multiple frauds, the capture of the state charges and so on has been on the horizon for years. However, the man taking over for him. The Current President Cyril Ramaphosa have to answer for his actions too, the case of the CR17 Campaign funds, which wasn’t disclosed as per law.

Both of the African National Congress Presidents has used their power to sway more money, to gain advantage as their Executive Privilege and as Head of States to get more funds, spend more cash and misuse the public trust. Both in manners, which isn’t accordingly to their office and neither to the public as a whole.

The ANC has to dig deep and not the way ANC Youth League went out defending Zuma with an statement, because they are defending him as person, but not considering the office he held while acting disingenuous at best. The ANCYL should have considered that, with the office and station. Zuma should have been more precautious and even more pristine, as the faults you do make you fall even higher, than if you’re a taxi-driver. Because, there are higher expectations of a person as the Head of State. Alas, that breach of trust was clear and been revealed ever since. Now, he cannot shield his sins, as he could while being in office.

However, Ramaphosa still tries; he uses the office and the title to save himself the disgrace. The added breaches, lack of transparency and lack of due diligence is evident. The possible more breaches of trust and of the law comes more apparent, the more he hides behind his office. Then he becomes like Zuma. There is no difference, only that his not building a village, but instead funded his campaign on illicit money.

Maybe Ramaphosa should use some of the change to build a fire-pool too. I am sure he needs it too cool off, after the state visits and the questions of the courts and the media. The ANC has been known for the ability to get corrupted ever since Thabo Mbeki. The frauds and misuse of government funds, combined with shady tender deals with State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Are evidence of practice beyond the norm or the law, but still able to get away with the grand corruption.

Now, Zuma is going-in and out of courts. His time in the limelight as a big-shot is over. The question with every given day is what they can charge and what time they will give him. Alas, that is up to the state prosecution combined with evidence or proof of the conspiracy itself. While Ramaphosa are in the same hole, trying to dig himself out, but trying to deflect and put the blame on the civil service and Public Protector. Which is ironic, as the PP is supposed to investigate and ensure legal transactions.

Therefore, the President and the former President are both in trouble over funds, over cash and their way of spending it. They are both having issues, which connects with their role and ability to misuse cash. That is it, it is just a question to what extent and what they are able to prove in Courts. These sort of acts will come, prove it and then the President’s has to answer.

Because, the ANC and the South African state deserves better, than to have men at the helm who cannot be trusted with money. If there is somewhere, they should trust that. It’s the head of state, he or she should be clean and follow protocol. Not a be common thief with a fancy office. Peace.

South Africa – Financial Intelligence Reports: FIC Role Clarified (04.09.2019)

Opinion: Ramaphosa using his third trick to block the CR17 Report

Well, first trick by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his lawyers was that they went in with a petition of blocking the CR17 Campaign Report made by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. His second trick was to review the Public Protector through the ANC Study Group and see if they could remove her directly. Now, today, they have start using the third trick to silence the report in question. 

The third trick:

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accused the financial intelligence unit of unlawfully leaking bank account statements linked to his 2017 ANC election campaign that are at the centre of his legal dispute with public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane” (Karyn Maughan – ‘Cyril Ramaphosa takes aim at ‘unlawful’ financial intelligence unit leak’ 29.08.2019, Business Day).

Clearly, if there isn’t evidence of something shady. The actions made by the President and legal team in this manner over the last month. Really shows there are some skeletons in the CR17 Report. Whatever that might be, he wants it hidden. Surely, the President has some friends and some captives there. That he only wants to know and his closest associates.

If the President thinks all of these actions are wise. It is not. This only adds to more speculations, as the Republic is not yet done with the State of Capture Report nor the handling of scandals surrounding his predecessor Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa isn’t looking smart this third move, neither was it block the report in the first place. Then questioning the one writing the report and collecting it. Because, it is circling in the details there. Which isn’t leaked nor the evidence that could hurt the Presidency. But we can assess by the matters already released, that it will be bad. Very, very bad …

Very, very bad for the President. Since, him and his associates does this. The ANC and the President isn’t looking like they started a fresh with his presidency, but instead continues the same sort of closed chambers transactions and tenders, which created the state capture in the first place. But that’s not shocking, as so many of people in and around the President worked with Zuma. There haven’t been many who has lost their titles nor been demoted. Only the head and his VP got upgraded.

Ramaphosa should think about that, but instead want to bury a public record, a public report, made by the state for the public and for the authorities to further investigate. Clearly, that isn’t important to him. If it was, he wouldn’t use tricks up his sleeve to silence it. Peace.

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