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.
If it was a lecture of how to defend yourself and make you into an angle. The letter of former President Jacob G. Zuma would be in classrooms in the future and be studied. To be a proof of someone delusional and defensive as can be.
That Zuma answered to the private letter of his successor Ramaphosa wasn’t shocking. Neither was it unexpected in a way. As the man with a plan, as the man with the schemes and as the man who enriched himself in the time in office. He wouldn’t give way and be silent.
Zuma wants to be free of the shackles. Zuma wants to be out of the legal conundrum and stop the Capture of State Inquiry. As all the commission does is to undermine his legacy and his work. All the things he did to get wealthy, get connected and ensure family heirlooms to his own. Because, that is what it does.
Zuma knows how he used his time in office. He even tried to defend a pool in Nkandla as a “fire-pool”. The man built a village, owns a mansion in either Dubai and such. This is what values he was able to get during his tenure in power.
The former President knows this. Instead using “white-monopoly” and blame gaming the approach of Ramaphosa. It is all to throw shade and blame elsewhere. Because, the former president cannot be seen as “criminal” and someone who was “corrupt”. Even if the whole Republic knows and the evidence is gathered against him. There is enough shady deals with the Gupta’s and others. To ensure Zuma having a hard time in the Courts.
Zuma can play like a fool. Use words and describe things. However, it is all done to save himself. He uses the ANC and the party as a shield in his writing. I’m not saying the white minority doesn’t have a huge advantage economically in South Africa. Because, that would be a lie. There are plenty of folks who are living well. Also, a new middle class who has been created in the years of the ANC. Nevertheless, the former President doesn’t mention that. As that doesn’t fit his narrative.
While the impoverished communities haven’t been saved or salvaged. The society is still broken economically and a huge divide between the rich and poor. Zuma have not changed this in his time. Neither has Ramaphosa. The grand corruption have persisted within both administrations and Zuma cannot run away from that.
He only mentions a deal made during Mbeki. However, not mentioning all the Eskom, Gupta family involved deals or anything else. However, only pushing on one story to vindicate himself. Even, as he claims in the letter. That this is not his intent.
Zuma has his Nkandla, the village project and the amassed wealth. He lived like a king in the years in power. A letter like this cannot disguise that or even take that away.
That’s why he knows what he has done. While trying to act hurt by the criminal process and the inquiries. However, that is needed. If the republic was to ever challenge the behaviour of corruption. Since, he was the head of state and still he ate good. A bit to good and also money, which wasn’t intended his way. Nevertheless, he still ate it and enjoyed the perks. Peace.
“To be quite clear, I am not suggesting that corruption is only a problem of our movement. Nor am I suggesting that corruption is widespread among our membership or leadership. In fact, I know that the overwhelming majority of ANC members and leaders strongly oppose corruption, patronage and all other forms of criminality” (Ramaphosa, 23.08.2020).
You can come with all intent and purposes. The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa can write to his ruling party. Promise and says nice words of procedure, protocol and be against corruption. However, the state owned enterprises, the foreign investors giving kickbacks and state tender operations are filled with corrupt behaviour.
That is something African National Congress (ANC) and the whole state apparatus know. That the President on the 23rd August 2020 writes that he wants to eradicate and get rid of it is a bit late. There been running grand corruption scandals back in time to when Thabo Mbeki was President. Jacob Zuma evolved it and made it more rampant. Ensure he could build a village on it and get his family members employed because of it.
Within Ramaphosa’s time it has continued. While the Capture of State enquiry, investigation and criminal case against has continued. Still, there is revealed cases, enterprises where things are fixed and government wastage of funds. In a manner, which the ANC knows, they are deliberate about it and endures this system. They are becoming billionaires and millionaires on the misfortune of others.
That is why the letter today from Ramaphosa is more of a Publicity Stunt. The state isn’t combatting this. Unless, they want to take down not only former public officials, ministers and other stalwarts of the party. If the party is sincere, they would take the big-fish and the close associates of the President that does what the party have done over the years.
It is a reason, why the practices done during the time of Mbeki, Zuma and now Ramaphosa continues.
Even before all this:
“Even former President Nelson Mandela admitted to the widespread existence of corruption in the ANC when he said in August 1998 that: “We have learnt now that even those people with whom we fought the struggle against apartheid’s corruption can themselves be corrupted.” (UDM – ‘COMRADES IN CORRUPTION IIITHE REAL STATE OF THE NATION’, June 2012).
So, the ANC is known for this. It is all sort of scandals, deals and tenders that are misused for the profits of the high ranking officials of the state. A state run by the liberation party, ANC. When Mandela even could see it back in the day. Why don’t you think we can see it now in 2020.
The ANC got rid of Zuma after his open corrupt behaviour and gotten rid of some skeletons in the closet. However, most of his cadres, appointments and leaders within the ANC is the same. The ones who worked directly and indirectly with Zuma in his reign. Therefore, if Ramaphosa wanted a clean slate. He would have considered people who aren’t tainted, but he didn’t. Ramaphosa himself has his own questionable behaviour and haven’t even answered the public outcry to know how he funded his recent election campaign in 2017.
So, if he wants to oppose it. He should start with his garden and show the flowers. If there are bees or if it vermin. We need to know, so we know what is grass, sand of if there is a hidden treasure on his plot. The same should be done by the ANC. Not only in talk, but in action as well. Peace.
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.