It is interesting, that after a decade of getting away from the Courts, having the African National Congress (ANC) holding his hands and singing kumbaya around the burning fire. Before dwelling, this is by all means about the laid charges on former South African President Jacob Zuma. Whose had has his scandals in the years as President, and since he has stepped down. The backers has left the building, the banks and the business has broken down. If there ever was a house of cards, the supporting team and the business associations with Zuma is a proof of the need of the Executive to do business in South Africa in the Zuma Era. Nothing else is more evident than the fall of the Gupta owned enterprises and the sudden need for Business Rescue. The ones that are losing on all of this, has been the citizens and the state in general. Since the Gupta’s and Zuma’s has eaten of the plate and left breadcrumbs for the citizens. Now it might be changes, as the evident charges are proving.
This is happening for a man, that for ten years stifled the courts, and the cost came up to about 15 million Rands. It proves the extent of ill-will and ill-intent from the President. How he could use his position and navigate to get wealth while being in office. Nothing was happening, because of his backers and appointments was in his grace. While the Gupta’s could foot the bills and shower him with gifts. It was the good old days, where the Executive Branch of Government could use the State Owned Enterprises as Personal Goodie-Bag for the Gupta Owned Companies and earn a handsome profit. But since resigning and handing it over to Cyril Ramaphosa, the tides has changed, it is proven with the charge sheet. I will take the most brazen parts of it. To prove how ill it was.
Zuma is accused of:
“In terms of section 136 of the (final) Constitution accused 1 may not have- (c) used his position or any information entrusted to him, to enrich himself or improperly benefit any other person” (P:13, 2018).
He got 16 Counts against him. This being fraud, racketeering and corruption. This is serious allegations, but nor surprising in the sense of Zuma. He could surely have dozens more, but then you need the evidence and the witnesses to the affairs. This might implicate people who are still in office. That is the danger, that is maybe why these charges have come with these businesses and not others. But that is mere speculations, but worth noting.
“Accused 1* needed funds to pay for the development of his traditional residential village estate at Nkandla in rural northern KZN. Plans for the development were dated March 2000. The development commenced in approximately July 2000. The final tender amount agreed to was R1 340 000 (after the development was commenced with). The development was finalized during March 2001. Various arrangements were made during the construction and subsequently to provide finance on accused 1’s behalf. At no stage during construction and thereafter has accused 1 been able to settle the outstanding
amount or obtain finance without the intervention and assistance of third parties, including arrangements for payment through Shaik in accordance with the agreement to disguise payments to accused 1 described above” (P: 26, 2018).
* Jacob Zuma.
Again, he used government funds to build Nkandla. It is Achilles heel, it always returns, therefore, the scandals evolving the home in Kwa-Zulu Natal is really damaging his legacy, as it is proven hornets nest of trouble and stinging him. The former President really didn’t cover his tracks, even in the years before he became the Executive. But that was known of and this case is digging into old dirt. Therefore, referring to cases, which todays ANC wasn’t directly involved in or the leadership has already become ANC Stalwarts.
“IN THAT during the period 25 October 1995 to 1 July 2005 and at or near Durban in the district of Durban, Shaik and/or the other entities mentioned in the preamble unlawfully and corruptly gave and/or offered and/or agreed to give the abovementioned service and/or facility benefits, which were not legally due, to accused 1*, upon whom the powers had been conferred and/or who had the duties as set out in the preamble, with the intention to influence accused 1 to commit and/or omit to do any act in relation to his powers and/or duties to further the interests of Shaik and/or the entities associated with Shaik and/or the Thomson-CSF group and/or accused 2 and/or accused 3 as set out in the preamble and/or with the intention to reward accused 1 because he so acted in excess of such powers or any neglect of such duties, as set out in the preamble” (P: 52-53, 2018).
* Jacob Zuma.
Again, we see how the former President used his position and his well known ideals to get paid extra. To use the connection of state to get benefits and facilitation’s that wasn’t within his role. The Company and Business People connected with him and paid him to get special interests and make sure to get government contracts. So both parties would benefit from the fraud and the bribes. Dual victory of the agreement made.
If you really want to understand the deal and the charges put on Zuma, also on his business associates in this matter. You would be wise to read the book called ‘After the Party’ by Andrew Feinstein, which was published in 2010. It gives you insights into it, that shows the magnificent tale in itself. This is years ago, but still viable and therefore, this skeleton out of the closet has been released. There are dozens of counts and charges that could be put of fresher scandals, but the State has decided to go for an older corruption case. Clearly, signaling it could be more in the future. Because this isn’t even involved with the investors of the Gupta family. Peace.
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
I don’t know if Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba is stupid, but unwise he is in the matter of naturalization of the Citizenship of the Gupta Family and residence as the Inquiry into the State Capture takes into effect. President Cyril Ramaphosa, should consider to appoint someone else. Unless, he likes to have someone as a punchline in his cabinet?
Honorable Gigaba answered yesterday in disregard to his own verdicts, which counters his own paper-trail. That is why he is foolish to state things like this: “Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has confirmed that Gupta brothers, Ajay and Atul are not South African citizens” (…) “Gigaba says, “There has been an argument that there was a decision to favour this family by expediting their application, their appeal, but maliciously granting them SA citizenship. We need to clarify that their application was done in 2013, it was rejected in 2014, they appealed and based on the documents submitted the decision was overturned.” (…) “They were asked to renounce the citizenship of the country of origin, and Ajay declined. Therefore he is not an SA citizen. He is a permanent residence permit holder which he received in 2008,” adds Gigaba” (SABC – ‘Ajay and Atul Gupta are not South African citizens: Gigaba’ 06.03.2018).
So there are something weird in the statements from the minister, that he mentions other times than when he suddenly sent a letter to the Gupta family on the 30th May 2015, which stated: “I have decided by the virtue of the powers vested in me under section 5(9) of the South African Citizenship Amendment Act 2010 (Act no 17 of 2010) to waive the residential requirements in regards to your application for naturalisation and grant you early naturalisation” (Gigaba Letter to Mr. A K Gupta and Family – ‘Application for Early Naturalisation: Yourself” 30.05.2015). So on the 30th May of 2015, he used his powers as minister to give the Gupta Family early citizenship. This because he could. Therefore, he has been lying now, because the chips is down and he wont be someone who executed parts of the State Capture. He is trying to clean his hands of the dirt. But when you have been in public and used the “powers vested in me”, you either stupid or your were pocketing funds from them.
That that monies helped his judgment as even the same problem came back, as the Ministry of Finance has to offer their consideration of the matter on the 13th June of 2017, where they stated: “The granting of naturalisation certificates of this nature is not unusual. Similar courtesies have been extended to prominent businessmen, including executives of multi-nationals, and sports people. There is no impropriety on the part of the Minister in relation to how the application in question has been handled” (Ministry of Finance – ‘Minister Malusi Gigaba Handled Gupta Naturalisation Application in a Lawful Manner’ 13.07.2017).
So the Ministry of Finance knew of the citizenship, they knew the process and defended it last year. As the documents show that the Minister gave it to them in 2015. When he defends himself he mentions the years of 2015 and not that exact time. Because he knows he used the powers vested in him. This didn’t take much research either and is all public records. The documents stated isn’t some confidential pieces of paper and internal memos, where Gigaba wrote that he loved his wife. No, this is public letters and known ones, which state the facts. He cannot run away from it. However, he is trying and failing bad at it.
Clearly, Gigaba is lying and needs to stop, he is bad at it. Please, just stop, you gave the rich wealthy friends of Zuma a free pass and gave them citizenship. They were kingmakers and fortune-tellers too, you wanted some quick bucks. This was your way in. Peace.
This week we have seen the price of the fall of President Jacob Zuma, the cleaning of the State Owned Enterprises has hopefully started. That can be said because of the actions of the Gupta Family owned corporations as so many of them has suddenly applied for “Business Rescue”, you can wonder what that means, therefore, I went to law-firm who can explain what the Business Rescue means.
Werkmans Attorneys said this: “The aim of business rescue is to restructure the affairs of a company in such a way that either maximises the likelihood of the company continuing in existence on a solvent basis or results in a better return for the creditors of the company than would ordinarily result from the liquidation of the company (section 128(1)(b)(iii))”. So the initial idea behind it is to make adjustments to either secure the companies or secure the creditors, when coming from Gupta businesses meaning the changes of government contracts and litigation’s following the change of President.
Sudden Optimum Coal Terminal Limited, Optimum Coal Mine Limited, Tegeta Exploration and Resource Limited, VR Laser Service Limited, Koornfontein Mines Limited, Confident Concept Limited, Shiva Uranium Limited and Islandsite Investment One Hundred Eighty Limited. We should anticipate in the coming days and weeks, that Oakbay Investment and Oakbay Resources will run insolvent too. As these companies has dried the funds of Eskom and other state owned businesses with shady deals made under the Zuma administration.
We can just imagine the state suffering from this, as the Business Rescue tools buys the companies and investors time, while they have already moved away the funds and needs new liquidation to save it. Smart move by the foreign investors, who used their relationship with Zuma to bleed the nations out of money. They started the companies in the years before Zuma took power in 2006 and 2007. The Shiva Uranium is the oldest company, but the others are very new and made for the age of Zuma.
This will hurt many of the current leaders within African National Congress (ANC) who has also been regarded and parts of the deals, this being Molefe and Gigaba. Des Royeen should also struggling at night and wonder why he was part of it. That ANN7 and Transnet should also worry, all things connected with the Gupta’s should be shaking, Sahara Computers and what else of companies they deliberately made to gain fortunes and spin their stories. It should be hurt and within time, they will ask for rescue too. As the funds and contracts with the state stops.
We can just wonder how many more Estina deals there been in the different states of South Africa. As long as the creditors, the banks and the HAWKS continue to pursuit the lost cash. Now that the Zuma cannot stop their investigations, hopefully more whistle-blowers and more covers will be showed in public. So that the State can get their funds back and also prosecute the ones who has stolen money from the public.
All of this will hit hard towards the finances of South Africa, the service delivery of the state owned corporations, as they was dealing with them directly to secure coal or other services. We can just wonder, how the effect will be in the long run. How the ANC will manage and who has to go because of it. Who will be implicated and who has to answer for the shady deals done in secret so the Indian businessmen could earn fortunes on rigged arrangements. Peace.
On the 18th January the Gupta family and Oakbay Investment Group was charged in the Free State Division and in Bloemfontein. This time for forfeiture of state grants in a agriculture scheme. This after affidavits and trials over a case was showing how the companies of the Gupta family was bleeding the state out of millions of Rands. This was a case where the Gupta used their connections with the Free State and their operatives to be able to forge projects to get state funds.
That the Company made by the Gupta and Oakbay called Estina started a Free State Diary Project. The projected funds and supposed research newer came into effect. There were any bidding on the state funds that was given to the studies made by Estina. The millions of rands was given by the state to the operations between April 2013 and May 2016. This was in total of R220,202,652.00. These payments went to different accounts and various partners of Estina. These funds didn’t got to Estina, but to various companies all over the globe and accounts. Nothing went to what they we’re intended to by Department of Agriculture in the Free State Division. The funds to went to various entities, but not the diary project or the business of the farm as it was intended.
The Estina Company was supposed to have functions of a diary project at the Vrede Diary Farm. This was never made, the money was just fueled from the Estina and into various accounts. The whole was supposed to be a part of the revitalizing the agriculture in the province, as the Mohoma Mobung Strategy. Therefore, the Free State started subsidizing the diary project in the Vrede Area and in the Phumulela local municipality. That is why the state made the Vrede Diary Project as a prestige project. Which was supposed to generate job creation in the area. Therefore, without following procedure and lawful codes, the Free State made an MoU with the Estina Company. It was Free State’s own HoD Peter Thabathe Mbana who wanted this to be the Free State flagship in March 2012. A year before the first payment to the Estina Company. The establishment of the grounds for these transactions and company cannot be proven, even as civil servant cannot prove the connection between Indian Company Para’s and Estina. Even, if he claimed so in his affidavit.
While the Estina company has strange change of types of business as it was in connection with Sahara Computers and run by well-known man in Gupta enterprises Kamal Vasram. The Company was first incorporated in 2008 and registered in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. By October 2012, it went from Computers to Agriculture and related activity. Then, also registered in Sandton, Johannesburg. After resigning in July 2015. The new Director ran the company to ground and was liquidated in May 2017 with assets in the levels of R34,200. So the Company had been run like a mill by the steady grants given by the Free State, while the business was “booming”.
Because of reluctance of Thabathe to give documentations of both the direct transactions, the evidence of needing these funding and tenders supposed to be public. The transparency of the project and way the grants was given. The National Treasure and the PPP we’re threaten when trying to force documentation of the business between the Department and Estina. That there are no proof of the needed supply chain between the parties, shows that money was ghosted when it left the Free State Account into the Gupta owned business.
There was also a 99 year Free Lease of the land in Farm Krynaauws Lust 275 district Vrede, Free State Province. The measure of the farm was 4439,5122 hectars of land. That the Free State signed over to the Estina company, because of the flagship program and diary project that was granted them.
Clearly, if you cannot read between the line, this was all a forged company and playful agriculture, with very little milk and cows. More of spoiling the grants and funds to other accounts. Spilling the government sanctioned funds into private accounts all around the world. It ended on accounts in Iceland, Dubai and India, also in various accounts in South Africa.
That the Gupta and Oakbay had no issues with forfeiting 220 million Rands and also capturing a giant farm in Free State Province. Proves how careless and reckless they have been. We already know about their giant deals with Eskom and in other government grants. This is yet another one. That has ordered in courts, where the Ministry of Work has ceased the farm and the different accounts has to deliver and refund the Province with the misused fortunes gained on Diary Project that never really existed. As the procurement, tenders and the whole operation was sham from the get-go. Which lasted from 2012-2016. That led to the demise of the Corporation in 2017.
This is yet another proof of the their state capture and what the Zuma Administration has accepted during his tenure from the Gupta based companies. As they have been bleeding the Free State out of funds in this instance, as they have done in other sectors and with other businesses all around South Africa in the recent decade. Peace.
Finally, after almost a decade of ducking and diving, and squandering millions of rands of public money on his own legal fees, President Jacob Zuma will now face 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering for stealing the people’s money.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this morning, which flatly rejected President Jacob Zuma’s appeal of the 2016 North Gauteng High Court ruling that set aside the decision to drop these charges eight and a half years ago. The court found that the decision to drop these charges was borne from undue political considerations and, therefore, irrational.
Today’s judgment is a win for justice, the rule of law, and for South Africa. Jacob Zuma will not defeat the ends of justice. The law applies to all, regardless of status.
The matter is now straightforward. The charges now stand, and a court of law must hear this matter. If the President is innocent, as he proclaims, he ought to let a trial court decide on his innocence. His actions over the last decade smack of a desperate attempt to avoid this eventuality. These are the actions of a man who knows he has a lot to answer for.
In this light, I will be writing to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shaun Abrahams, insisting that Jacob Zuma is served with an indictment and appears in court at the soonest available date. Adv Abrahams must commit to reinstating all 783 charges, and furnish the people of South Africa with a date by which these charges will be processed. Adv Abrahams must give us a response within 10 days. The charges have been formulated and the evidence is ready. We now await a trial date.
We suspect that President Zuma will want to make fresh representations about why charges against him should be dropped. However, this is unnecessary, as he made written and oral representations on why exactly the same charges ought to be dropped back in 2009, and these representations were rejected. We will not stand for Jacob Zuma.
While everyone has the right to approach the courts for relief, the matter at hand is a simple one, and requires no further deliberation. We urge President Zuma to stop wasting public funds through lengthy legal appeals, and to accept the fact that he will stand trial for 783 charges of corruption fraud and racketeering. We estimate that Zuma’s delaying tactics in the courts to date have cost the taxpayers upwards of R30 million. Jacob Zuma must and will be held personally liable and made to pay for wasting valuable financial resources. Zuma must pay back the money he wasted.
This matter has been ongoing since 6 April 2009, when then Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Moketedi Mpshe, announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would be discontinuing the prosecution of Jacob Zuma on 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering. The next day, the DA launched a review application in the Gauteng North High Court to review and set aside this decision on the grounds that it was manifestly irrational and therefore illegal.
This now presents Adv Abrahams a golden opportunity to show his independence and proceed with this prosecution as planned, and give Jacob Zuma a court date.
The DA has always maintained that the President may not be guilty but that he have his day in court as is consistent with the Rule of Law and due process. The President himself has stated on numerous occasions that he wants his day in court.
In the absence of any legitimate factual or legal reasons, the DA is led to believe that these charges were dropped for political purposes: a political solution needed to be found to drop charges against a person who was about to become President, and the Spy Tapes provided the convenient excuse that has now been set aside.
In Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the 21st September judge H.J. Fabricus dismissed the applications made by Oakbay and other Gupta owned Companies who had an injunction and a case against the Bank of Baroda. Since they closed and terminated their relationship with the Companies in question. This here is really putting the legal precedence on the reason why they we’re legally allowed to do. Even as the Bank of Baroda has given notice to the 20 Companies that was involved in the lawsuit against the bank and its practices.
Clearly, the Courts are not in the opinion of the President. Since he can easily be used the Gupta family and their companies. That is why the ruling of Fabricus is even stating the problems of the Gupta owned business. This should be well-known, it should be put in print and the ones trading with them. Should know their reputation and their worry. That is the reason for Bank of Baroda ceasing to have them as their clients and the companies connected to them.
“Irrespective of whether negative publicity about the client is true, a bank is fully entitled to terminate the relationship with a client that has a bad reputation. I may repeat that in this case, as in the Bredenkamp decision, the bank did not seek to rely on the factual accuracy of the relevant reports, but merely on the particular reputation of its clients” (From the Defense Argument of Bank of Baroda).
This here proves there reason with the wish for departure of the negative publicity, which they have gotten since they we’re connected with the Gupta Companies. That is well-known and their deals are all in the midst of public eye. It is the reason for the troubles of the President and his Party. Since they are using the connection and the family of the President are hired into the companies. This sort of thing, doesn’t make for sound and good business practice. Therefore another argument is really stabbing the case of Gupta and gives reason for the dismissal of the application they made to the court.
“In addition, the fact that the largest banks in South Africa and other firms chose to terminate the relationship with the Applicants in 2016 ought to have provided a clear indication that the Bank of Baroda would also consider the option. On this basis it was simply not correct for the Applicants to assert that the 6 July 2017 termination notice came out of the blue. I have of course also kept in mind in this context that the Applicants did not file a Reply Affidavit giving their version of these assertions of the Bank” (From the Court Ruling, 21.09.2017).
This here really says it all, as the Bank of Baroda followed procedure and took their time, before they gave notice to the Gupta Companies, they clearly, seen other companies and banks doing similar acts. Their desperation is now obvious as they will hold the bank in contempt for their ill-advised financial activity and ill-gained fortunes on the state coffers. Therefore, they are basing their argument on being handled badly, while the Bank actually did what they could to salvage their reputation and not be connected with corrupt regime.
The ruling is also focused on the FICA rules for banking institutions in South Africa, a law that is important for the Bank of Baroda. That the rules are important to monitor “Business relationships or transactions that impose a high risk of facilitating money laundering” and also “the proceeds of any unlawful activity or money laundering activity”. All of this are things that could be put on the Gupta Family and their Companies, as the President and his click is known for corrupt behavior. That would put the Bank in risk of dealing with a high risk client. That is why the bank sent them a termination notice. Since they didn’t want to risk being associated with a high risk client(s). As it is also written in the Court ruling: “It was said that the these heightened duties serve an important purpose in that, given the position and influence held by the PEP’s, there was a heightened risk that they may engage in transactions designed to conceal unlawful transactions and the misappropriation of public funds”. This is really giving in this case, as the Gupta Family and their Coal Industry agreements alone could be put into this category. On that reason alone and with the knowledge of these transactions, that could punish the Bank for knowingly accepting this behavior in their system. They could be sanctioned by the state for their misgivings. That gives the Bank of Baroda further reason for their termination notice.
Furthermore, the Gupta Companies has in the recent months before the termination done dozens of red flagged transactions mounting to R4.25 Billion, which the bank already filed to FIC. Other Banks has terminated the Gupta’s for similar reasons, these being State Bank of India, Bank of India, Standard Bank and ABSA Bank. All of these has terminated their relationship with Gupta Family and Companies. Therefore, the reasons for Bank of Baroda is all there.
So since the Bank of Baroda want to “preserve the integrity of the established financial system and the Rule of Law”, the case was dismissed and the applicants, the Gupta Family didn’t get their “Interim-Interim” agreement with the Bank. Certainly, the are scraping for a good and trustworthy place to have their accounts and transactions. As their businesses has been scrutinized and also openly shown. Therefore, the knowledge of their capacity to act with ill-intent and not accordingly to the law. Is well-known and not just hearsay, its well established as well. So the Bank of Baroda, the 16 staffed business and bank can live on their own. They can be the Bank they want to be, without being forced to deal with the Gupta Family, the Gupta businesses and the red-flagged transactions of these individuals. Peace.
It is special that the President Jacob Zuma is caring about the African National Congress Party Constitution, when he clearly struggles to control his own party and his own government from senselessly looting and corrupt behavior from taking state owned companies with contracts to ANC connected investor families. It is ironic and weird, that he uses the misconduct part of the constitution to say he will discipline them. While he with more corruption counts, than I can remember, has to talk about justice and law is weird. Zuma is not the right guy to do so!
Still he said this yesterday:
““You decide to use your conscience. Unheard of, you were sent there [to Parliament] by the ANC,” said Zuma of those in the ANC benches who sided with the opposition” (…) ““The ANC was put into serious disrepute on August 8,” said the president. Reading out sections of the ANC’s constitution before asking the audience what must be done, Zuma said: “A serious offence shall be committed by any member acting on behalf or in collaboration with a political organisation or party other than an organisation or party in an alliance with the ANC.” (…) ““You must act,” said some in the crowd when he told them the recommendation for such behaviour was disciplinary procedures” (Madia, 2017).
So that President Zuma was quoting the article 25.17.12 of the is very strange, that this is his comfort zone, since in the Act of Misconduct, 25.17, there are enough places to himself in. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking or even considering his own behavior before finding respectable offenses he has done to party. He is literally throwing stones in a glass house.
Because within common-sense and reason, Mr. President, Jacob Zuma has broken the misconduct articles of ANC Constitution:
First: “25.17.1 Conviction in a court of law and being sentenced to a term of imprisonment without the option of a fine, for any serious non-political offence”. Mr. President, himself was at one point in different courts of law for the misuse of public homes will building the Nkandla Village Project, with the firepool and the local hospital. This offense to the state, he had to repay parts of the building back to the state and did so. Therefore, just by my reckoning, he has breached this one and should go through trial process as protocol by the ANC Party.
Second: “25.17.4 Behaving in a manner or making any utterance which brings or could bring or has the potential to bring or as a consequence thereof brings the ANC into disrepute”. This is very easy, as of the Financial Minister firing of 2015 and the 2017. That has downgraded the economy twice and put the state in junk-statue, clearly brings ANC into disrepute, also the questioning of following party line with the firings or if he just picked-up the phone and had a conversation with his Gupta supporters. Since, the economy has taken a hit by these acts of vile cabinet reshuffle.
Third: “25.17.8 Abuse of elected or employed office in the Organisation or in the State to obtain any direct or indirect undue advantage or enrichment”. Mr. President knows that he has breached this one, with getting family members involved in Oakbay Resources and Oakbay Investments companies, that again has gotten favorable state contracts to sell coal to Eskom and others. Which is not in line with the law of South Africa, neither the ANC Constitution. Therefore, without even trying. I have found three offenses to the President, that the ANC should consider working-on.
I am sure the ANC not going to act upon the President, because it is easier to suspend mere MPs, than get the President under hot water, they are all bowing loyally to him and following his corrupt directions. It seems to be a shell of party, if they do spell the criteria this way, than Zuma is bigger than the ANC. That means the ANC is Zuma, since ZUMA can acts as pleases, but the others has to follow the provisions of the ANC Constitution. He is above them, since he can sanctions others, but the party cannot sanction him. Even if he breaches many of provisions and does not follow the rules of the party. Peace.
Madia, Tshidi – ‘Zuma Speaks On The Motion Of No Confidence: ‘The ANC was put into serious disrepute on August 8’ (13.08.2017) link: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/08/13/zuma-speaks-on-the-motion-of-no-confidence-the-anc-was-put-int_a_23075866/
The National Assembly voted on the motion of “No Confidence” and was able to hold a secret votes of it. That was making people unease, since it took a long while for the counting of the Members of Parliament (MPs). Even the Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete didn’t want to vote, unless there was a ties. That did not succeed, so here vote wasn’t needed.
This is the 8th Vote of No Confidence in the President. Who has enough scandals, enough of partnership with foreign investors, enough of misuse of office to be questioned by the Parliament. What was new was the secret ballot. This time the tally was 198 MPs voted against the Motion and 177 MPs vote for it. 16 MPs abstained from voting. Therefore, the Presidency prevails. But it is shattered.
The African National Congress (ANC) are also tearing apart, as there are renegades who voted against the President. It is about 30 MPs who voted “No Confidence” against President Jacob Zuma. Clearly, there are voices and belief internally that he isn’t the godfather and the principal Executive that South Africa should have. However, that minority within own ranks wasn’t big enough to toil the cronies and the loyalist to the Party Line.
The other was expected to vote against the President, if it was COPE, EFF and DA. They were all rallied up and making themselves ready for a fierce battle. The corruption, decadence of disdain against proper governance had to stop. Clearly, that was snuffed away like old tea. The whole ordeal was silenced and the President can bask in glory.
Still, the victory isn’t a real victory, as the ANC and the President are running on a empty tank. No trust, no faith and no policies to show for. The financial trust in the government is lacking, the shuffles of the cabinet and exchange of Finance Minister has downgraded the former booming economy. The secrecy and the agreements between one rich investor family, the Guptas and political family Zuma. Has also lost the trust in the state owned businesses. As they are used to enriches both families.
We can just wonder how long the South African Republic will accept being tarnished and disrespected by the President and his supreme clientele. Needs some Iron Fists and some shaking of the core of the ANC to understand. The arrogance of the ruling party, might be shattered, as the opposition parties was getting more power in the recent locals elections. The faith in ANC should be smoldering on the core, the drainage of cronyism and corruption, should eat the foundation and make the shaky foundation soon collapse. It is just about time at this point and when someone who can either in coalition or within own party blend the loss of faith and make the South Africans believe in “real change” and “true development”. That is what is needed.
The ANC won today, as they have done in recent “no confidence” in the National Assembly, but they also lost today, because they are now proof of their shaky foundation. The lackeys of Zuma can rejoice, but their fate is not sealed. That might be dwindling quicker then they understand. Peace.