IT was a foregone conclusion: Jacob Zuma and party before Constitution and country. The louder the clamour for the president’s head, the stronger the ANC stood behind him. The members would sell their souls to defend their leader.
Although I could only feel disappointment, disgust and contempt for the ANC for defending Zuma, I did enjoy the fiery impeachment debate. The opposition parties were unanimous in their condemnation of Zuma and the National Assembly, as speaker after speaker, like warplanes on a bombing mission, launched a blistering attack on the ruling party. But the ANC members remained unmoved in their well-padded seats. They had the majority in the house. But could such shameless, gutless men and women, devoid of all conscience, respect and moral dignity, sit so smugly in Parliament and disrespect the damning verdict of highest court in the land — the Constitutional Court?
Amid the din and clamour of Parliament’s descent into a fish market, one cabinet minister was fast asleep. She was using her parliamentary privilege to sleep on her job, signifying, perhaps, the ANC’s contempt for the opposition’s motion.
Although Zuma is nowhere near a tragic hero of Shakespearean proportions, I am reminded of Banquo when he says of Macbeth: “Thou has it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all ...”
Like Macbeth, Zuma has it all: power, party loyalty, president and Nkandla. Everything, except character and respect. A political victory for him but a moral victory for the opposition. It may have lost against Zuma but it has won our respect.