Zuma’s heavies are at it again

2013-08-25 14:00

So the president’s legal adviser (also businessman, government adviser, private lawyer and consultant), Michael Hulley, is at it again.

He waited until the last minute to launch an appeal against the High Court order that transcripts of the so-called spy tapes, which got President Jacob Zuma out of trouble and into office, be handed to the DA, which had gone to court to secure them.

Now it will drag on for months more. It is what Michael “Filibuster” Hulley does. He has assisted his client to delay his day in court to face numerous allegations of corruption.

Not too long ago, another presidential heavy, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, unilaterally drew a “classified” line through a government inquiry into the spending of more than R200 million on the president’s estate at Nkandla.

This week, the minister again refused to make public the document which, for all purposes, appears to have been misclassified.

In both cases, the miscarriage of justice and of administrative justice is clear. Of course the right to appeal is established, but in the case of the spy tapes, it has looked for some time as if our president is trying to hide something.

If he is indeed innocent, why not let the tapes be aired so the wind of truth can blow through them and remove their power over him? And if the spending on Nkandla was legal and if, as the president has told us, he paid most of the bills himself, why not show us the report that probed the spending?

Why get your heavies to shut down the flow of information? Again.

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