Opinion: Zuma is not a victim

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.

Opinion: Zuma needs to man-up and face the truth

Former President Jacob Zuma are still facing the investigation and the criminal proceedings of the State of Capture case, which is investigated through the Zondo Commission. A Commission, he and his lawyers are working hard to discredit and also deflect blame.

The former President is clearly fishing for sympathy, when he invokes the narrative of living his whole life through Apartheid. Yes, he lived through like most of his generation. However, he also rose into the stratosphere and got amass power, which he had for a decade or so. It is not like the former President didn’t have all the luxurious benefits and the connections at his finger-tips for a period. Even all parts of the state was following him and obey his commands.

Therefore, the statement released recently is only a defensive and unnecessary document. It is not serving his case nor the investigation any good. Yes, his playing the victim, but that’s not new. The State of Capture case has been going on for years. While in power he could deflect, muffle and stop the process. However, now its not possible and he got to play the sainthood like his the pope or a cardinal. While he rather drink, enjoy the company of a nun and use the offerings to build himself a monastery on the top of hill.

This is why Zuma can defend the looking into his kids. We know the kids also enjoyed perks with the Gupta Connections and the State Owned Enterprises. They also got tenders and other deals, which was not accessible by others. Therefore, when an investigation follows the money, you never know where it ends. If they follow the drugs, you find drug-lords and cartels. However, if you follow the profit of that illicit trade. You don’t know where the money is going and could end up in the pockets of other powerful men as well. The same is happening to Zuma.

Zuma can plead his innocence and plead not guilty. However, he did pocket money and built a village in Nkandla. While he was in office. He suddenly could afford a second home in Dubai. Clearly, having more money than his salary would make possible. The man who came from hardships suddenly was Richie Rich. That doesn’t come out of nowhere. There is someone offering a deal and you accepted it. If it was using your power to fix Eskom and other SOEs in your time.

Therefore, those statements and letters your writing is only showing that you have no remorse to misuse and directly taking money out of the public coffers. Which you had no trouble doing in the years you we’re in power. Zuma had all the opportunities to do the right thing. However, as time went by and options came your way. You took them, you ate it and you enjoyed the perks. The same happen to your family members, which you want to shield now. But you let them eat of the sudden wealth and fortunes that came your way.

Zuma, if you wanted to shield your kids. You should have shielded them away from the Gupta’s and the other associates giving you sweet-deals. As the President you could have pushed them away and blocked them. Instead, you guided them and made it possible them. This was a rise to power and you felt untouchable. That is why the risk of paying a price seemed unlikely. That is why you made it possible for them to get connected.

That is why it’s late to cry foul now. You knew what you did and how you acted in office. As President, you knew what you we’re doing and what access you made possible. It is a sorry ass excuse to ask investigators to distance themselves. Maybe, as President he shouldn’t have received money from Oakbay and other companies. Maybe, his family members shouldn’t have gotten associated with the Gupta’s. Because, if he was interested in not having them involved in his business, they shouldn’t been entangled in anyway.

Alas, greed is a powerful force and it can swallow anything in its way. In this regard, it took the family and foundation of Zuma’s power. He ate it all with his greed and misuse of power. To an extent, that is still invested to this day and still not over. Peace.

South Africa.: Jacob Zuma Foundation – Commission’s Amended Application for Sub-Poena (08.10.2020)

EFF Condemns Nzimande’s EFF Scapegoat on VBS Bank Funding to SACP (12.11.2018)

RSA: Bell Potting terminated our work with Oakbay Capital (06.07.2017)

RSA: Oakbay Website Attack on Minister Gordhan (21.01.2017)

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RSA: DA Letter resurface from 2009; Apparently Gupta donations to the Party in 2009!

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South Africa: Time to account for crippling the state (01.11.2016)

Mandela Quote

South African citizens across the land are speaking out and taking action to express their dissatisfaction. The Nelson Mandela Foundation supports the demand to hold to account those responsible for compromising our democratic state and looting its resources.

Twenty years since Nelson Mandela signed South Africa’s Constitution into law and as the third anniversary of his passing approaches, it is painful for us at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bear witness to the wheels coming off the vehicle of our state.

We have seen a weakening of critical institutions such as the South African Revenue Service, the National Prosecuting Authority and law enforcement bodies due to political meddling for private interests.

We are reaping the results of a political trend of personalising matters of state around a single individual leader. This in a constitutional democracy is to be deplored.

The ability and commitment of the Head of State to be a ‘constitutional being’, is one of the wheels of our state. The unanimous judgment of the Constitutional Court of the Republic in the matter of President Zuma and the use of state resources on a private residence was one such test. It is increasingly a national consensus that he has failed the test.

As this particular wheel rolls away, other critical institutions of state break off to follow it. The legislative, business, and public service sectors of the country are severely affected, compromising the ability of the state to serve the people. A battle now rages to keep SARS attached to the vehicle of state. What public discourse has described as ‘state capture’ by private and political interests is, we believe, a real threat to the Republic.

Another wheel is an accessible and well-functioning education system. Arguably this wheel has never been fully attached, but the failures of the last two decades threaten that it rolls away. Schools, in our view, particularly those in townships and rural areas, have largely been captured to political interests and have deteriorated to unimaginable levels. And now universities are being brought to their knees as they lurch from crisis to crisis while a semblance of normality is enforced under what are effectively states of emergency. This is not sustainable for any education system. The potential collapse of universities will damage our democracy to its core.

We call on the governing party to take the steps necessary to ensure that the vehicle of state be protected and placed in safe and capable hands. And we join the call for a national convention of stakeholders to begin to reimagine South Africa’s future beyond the unsustainable stresses of the moment.

Written Press Statement by the Nelson Mandela Foundation

RSA: Oakbay Responds to Application by Minister of Finance (19.10.2016)

Pravin Gordhan Rescue

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 19, 2016 Yesterday afternoon, van Der Merwe Associates (“VDMA”) notified the Minister of Finance’s attorneys of their client’s (the Oakbay Group of companies) (www.OakbayInvestments.co.za) intention to oppose the application issued under case number 80978/16 on 14 October 2016 – unless the Minister of Finance withdraws the application and tenders costs by this afternoon – Wednesday 19 October.

VDMA’s letter noted that the Minister of Finance’s affidavit implicated its clients in inappropriate and unlawful conduct. The affidavit also insinuated that VDMA’s clients would “expose the fiscus not only to loss of tax revenue but also put the burden of mining rehabilitation on the fiscus.” which VDMA noted was “uncalled for, malicious and nothing but vexatious.”

VDMA’s client disproved this earlier this week with evidence of the transfer of the Optimum Rehabilitation Trust Fund from Standard Bank to Bank of Baroda, which followed a request by Advocate Thuli Madonsela on 4 October 2016.

VDMA advised its client to oppose the Minister of Finance’s application, obtain all the necessary information from the relevant role players and ask for punitive costs order against dismissal of the application.

VDMA’s letter also stated that the Minister of Finance’s letter has been launched with the financial resources of the tax payer. VDMA’s client does not dispute that Minister of Finance’s is not by law compelled or obliged to intervene in the relationship between VDMA’s clients and the commercial banks. However, VDMA noted that to spend tax payers’ money in “a reckless and inappropriate manner” would constitute a contravention of the provisions of the Public Management Act, No.1 of 1999 – which would warrant “further action against those officials responsible for same.”

Furthermore, VDMA noted that:

“In order that we do not expose the fiscus unnecessarily to costs we propose that the application be withdrawn” – that the Minister of Finance’s application is withdrawn and that the Minister of Finance’s tenders VDMA’s client’s costs, before close of business on 19 October 2016.

VDMA reiterated that the purpose of its letter was to offer the Minister of Finance the opportunity to save taxpayers money.

VDMA also noted that its clients “would like” to put their formal version before court since the Minister of Finance has chosen that forum, so if the application is not withdrawn then “the matter must proceed and we will gladly do the necessary in order to restore the misrepresentation created by the papers.”

VDMA concluded its letter by noting that the Minister of Finance had made “defamatory and untrue remarks towards members of the Gupta Family by insinuating that they have been involved in inappropriate conduct” and that “their rights remain strictly reserved.”

This morning, attorneys for the Minister of Finance declined the offer to withdraw the application and tender COSTs.

RSA: The State Versus Oupa Magashula, Visvanathan (Ivan) Pillay and Pravin Gordhan (17.10.2016)

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