Zuma would be wise to avoid the river

2018-02-15 06:00

FORMER Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi is one of the men who made Jacob Zuma president but now has deep regrets for his serious error of judgment. He never for a moment suspected that Zuma would change like a chameleon and take them all for a ride.

But Vavi jumped off as soon as he noticed Zuma was not the people’s hero but the kingpin in the Gupta state-capture scandal.

I like the crocodile imagery he used in his interview on eNCA. He said that Zuma is like a man trying to wade through a crocodile-infested river.

Four hungry crocodiles are waiting hungrily to snap their jaws at Zuma. The first one is the ANC faction. If he manages to escape the jaws of the ANC faction, then the NPA is waiting to charge him with 783 charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering. If he eludes the gaping jaws of the NPA, then a third, even bigger crocodile is ready and waiting to tear him apart. This would be Parliament’s vote of no confidence where ANC MPs may turn their backs on him and join forces with the opposition to get him out.

If, however, he manages to escape yet again, then the fiercest and most deadly man-eating crocodile of them all is waiting to swallow him: impeachment.

It is very unlikely that Zuma will evade all four crocodiles and reach the safety of the other bank. He is bound to be devoured by one or more of them. It’s not that there would be much sympathy for him, but for the good of the country and himself, it would be wiser for him to walk away now and retreat to the safety of his Nkandla den with his ill-gotten gains than enter the crocodile-infested water.



Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Enter the examination number or search by province or school (NSC Students) to view results.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.