Zuma’s thunderstorms instead of rain

2015-07-23 06:00

THE Farlam Commission exposed President Jacob­ Zuma. After the former national commissioner Bheki Cele was alleged to have attended a meeting to remove Zuma at Mangaung, the militarisation of the police was blamed on him. However, it was Zuma who called for the re-militarisation of the police in 2008.

He said titles like “commissioner” are too soft. He changed “commissioner” to “general” and the “safety and security” department was renamed “police department”.

When Kader Asmal objected, former police deputy minister Fikile Mbalula ridiculed him. The Farlam Commission calls for the “re-civilianisation” of the police, endorsing Asmal’s concerns. What does Mbalula say now?

Other than Nkandla, setting his wives on the public purse, the Zulufication of the security cluster, violating the HIV/Aids ABC prevention message and ANC intra-party violence, the militarisation of the police is among Zuma’s top five legacies. No massacre took place under Nelson Mandela or Thabo Mbeki. There was no moral crisis when Kgalema Motlanthe was president.

The commission mentioned “reckless statements”. Was it not reckless that Zuma accused workers of causing the massacre prior­ to the report’s release? Will he apologise?

Riah Phiyega must apologise for the police’s failure to develop a comprehensive plan. In the Zuma administration, there are thunderstorms instead of rain. The verdict against Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela, and the backlash over Omar Al-Bashir are such storms.

HLEZIPHI BHENGU

Botha’s Hill

Was it not reckless that Zuma accused workers of causing the massacre prior­ to the report’s release?

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