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ANC using weaker line of defence to defend Zuma

22 December 2013, 08:01

In their concerted efforts to defend the indefensible use of more than R200 million of the public money to install security at the President Jacob Zuma’s homestead Nkandla, the Public Works Minister – Thulas Nxesi and a handful of other Zuma’s sycophantic cabal, in his defence, say that Zuma had not asked for the security upgrade. Yet, contradictorily, insists that the upgrade was “necessary” in line with the fact “that all sovereign governments have a responsibility to provide security for their Heads of State and their families.”

To start with, South Africans are not in disagreement with the necessity of security installations at Nkandla. They are venting their spleen on the irregularities and price-fixing that, reportedly, have betided, which in themselves, amount to prosecutable crimes.

Given that in carrying out the investigation into Nkandla, the Government’s involvement was in twofold, that is to say, a player and a referee at the same time. The Government cannot err and then investigate itself – at least, if it had commissioned an independent investigation, the report would conform to a dictum of credibility. As such, the so-called Ministerial Task Team Report is far less more credible.

The only report that would exculpate Zuma is that of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. As it stands, her leaked provisional report, published by the Mail & Guardian, which suggests that Zuma had misled the Parliament in his statement that he and his family had built the houses, is not the only reason there is a groundswell for his resignation. Other reasons for calls for his resignations include, but not limited to: the use of the Air Force Base Waterkloof – exclusively designated for the flights ferrying heads of states or their deputies – by the Gupta family to land a private jet carrying wedding guests from India; the apartheid reminiscent Marikana massacre; a late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo in 2011 and a scourge of corruption.

Generally, South Africans have lost confidence in him. With him at the helm, there is no a sense of direction where the country is heading in.

If it were in a truly democratic country, he would have long been impeached, to say nothing of being elected the president because the corruption charges against would not have been dropped to start with. Zuma has caused this country so much pain. Yet, much is being done to protect him from facing the music.

The time has come, Zuma must go!

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