Please come clean, Mr Prez

2013-10-06 10:00

South Africans are going to the polls in about seven months with many questions hanging over President Jacob Zuma’s head.

This week, allegations emerged that Zuma was not just aware of the “illegal” landing in April of the private jet carrying guests for the wedding of the well-connected Gupta family at Airforce Base Waterkloof, he may also have helped arrange it.

Lieutenant Colonel Christine Anderson wrote in her affidavit, published in City Press’ sister newspaper Beeld on Thursday, that then state protocol head Bruce Koloane phoned her to say “he had returned from the president and that the president wanted to know ‘if everything is still on track for the flight’”.

Anderson is one of five SA National Defence Force officials before a military court charged in connection with the landing.

A justice department report at the time said Koloane acted alone and was guilty of “name-dropping”.

Last year, the Mail & Guardian reported on how Zuma was kept abreast of developments at his Nkandla home, on which more than R200?million of taxpayers’ money was spent. This came shortly after he told Parliament he knew nothing of the use of public funds for his private residence.

In addition, Zuma is also refusing to hand over the spy tapes that saw fraud and corruption charges against him withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority.?These examples show a president afraid of coming clean. There is a suspicion that there is more that he’s trying to hide.

Mr President, we deserve at least your honesty about these matters that continue to mar the country’s reputation. If you have erred – while trying to assist your friends land at a military base marked as a national key point – stand up and do us a favour by admitting it.

Instead, we see the careers of good South Africans like Anderson and her co-accused being ruined and their lives in disarray for something you allegedly caused.?Please, provide leadership and tell us the truth.

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