Zuma fights for power

2011-09-25 12:29

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is fighting the political battle of his life – this time against people who helped push him to power in 2007.

And just like before the ANC’s watershed Polokwane conference, the battle for control of the ruling party has spilled over into the country’s security services.

Zuma “passionately” believes there is a bid to unseat him as party president at next year’s Mangaung conference and has now also lost faith in his police chief, General Bheki Cele.

Increased his grip

This comes after Zuma’s go-ahead for the country’s domestic (Gibson Njenje) and foreign (Moe Shaik) spy bosses to be sacked. Over the past few weeks, Zuma has increased his grip on the party and the state by:

- Fervently pushing for the ANC to bring disciplinary charges against ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who is leading the league’s charge to have Zuma ­replaced by his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, in Mangaung;

- Announcing a commission of inquiry into the multibillion-rand arms deal, of which he would ­determine the terms of reference;

- Informing Cele that he intends to institute an inquiry into allegations of misconduct relating to the signing of multimillion-rand leases for police buildings; and

- Choosing State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele’s side in his battle with the country’s spy chiefs, who allegedly spied on the Gupta family and refused to trail Zuma’s political opponents.

Plot against him

According to a senior intelligence source, Zuma “passionately believes in the allegations made by (suspended crime intelligence boss) Richard Mdluli and is convinced that there is a plot to unseat him. He doesn’t trust Cele or ­Njenje. The police headquarters saga gives him an opportunity to get rid of Cele.”

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her first report into the leases in February, but Zuma only acted six months later, asking Cele for reasons he should not be suspended. This week Zuma’s office announced that he had received Cele’s response and would institute an inquiry in terms of the Police Act into Cele’s actions.

Mdluli declassified a “ground coverage intelligence report” in October last year that detailed an alleged plot by Zuma’s one-time ­allies – including Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Cele – to ­unseat him.

Mdluli is believed to have sent this report to Zuma.

At the same time, Mdluli was arrested for alleged murder – a case his supporters believe “will never stick”. This week the Hawks, over which Cele still exercises control, again arrested Mdluli, this time for allegedly abusing intelligence funds to buy cars and houses.

Trump cards

According to the intelligence source, Zuma would probably pay out Njenje “because he (Njenje) holds far too many trump cards”.

On Shaik, the source said Zuma had no qualms with him, but he “doesn’t want to get involved in the dispute between Cwele and Shaik, and will do nothing to intervene to save Shaik”.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga defended Zuma’s delay in taking action against Cele. “Why must the president act as if there is a state of emergency? There is no state of emergency,” he said.

An aide who was travelling with Zuma in the US said: “These international relations things don’t bother him. It is what’s happening at home that keeps him awake at night.”

Political commentator Professor Kwandiwe Kondlo said Zuma’s moves were aimed at both boosting public confidence in his administration ahead of the 2013 general elections and consolidating his ­internal support in the ANC ahead of Mangaung.

  • Martin - 2011-09-25 13:00

    Overprivileged_Underprivileged_1 In the rest of Africa where there is or was no whitwe supremecy - the flee to South Africa for a better life standard - maybe you were absent for the past ten to fifteen years to have noticed it. Any thing said will however never make any difference to you because you are so set in your ideas that you cannot think any different to what you have been thaught. No evidence to the contarary will change your way of thinking.

  • RSA 2010 - 2011-09-25 13:17

    When do these people ever actually do the work that the country expect them to - that is effectively govern the country.

      tiens.zietsman - 2011-09-25 13:34

      Aha, at last we come to the article.

      natasha.scherman - 2011-12-14 09:24

      Well at least Zuma passionately believes in something? Is it just me or is it the same as when we were kids in kinder-garden "I don't want to be your friend anymore" situation? Very good question RSA 2010 we just hope we can get some answers or see some improvement somewhere.

  • Sir Richard - 2011-09-25 13:19

    ah how i love the sound of paranoia setting in amongst the elite trash and the backstabbing will begin and the blood will flow and there will be no winners

      Hopeforall - 2011-09-25 21:07

      Or; "Oh how I love the sound of paranoia setting in, among the elite trash, let the backstabbing begin. The blood will flow, but not of the public, And the winners will be, the South Africa Republic."

  • majents.majida - 2011-09-25 13:23

    Those who are visionaries would start coming to Zim and plan their future in a safe environment this will be worse than what we went through? but be willing to abide by the laws of the land.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-25 14:01

      - You mean from the fire into the fryingpan ? No thanks, I reckon Africa is just not a place for the white skinned.

      MnrFotograaf - 2011-09-26 07:36

      Mugabe's laws? Not many will take up that silly offer.

      natasha.scherman - 2011-12-14 09:27

      Why would we leave the "bad" for "worst" does not make sense but you can leave for Zim if you want to.

  • letsee - 2011-09-25 13:33

    Zuma didn't care how he got to the Presidency and now will pay the price. Unfortunately I rather hve Zuma than the other guys but little I can do.

      CITIZEN - 2011-09-25 22:51

      Zuma is going no where he will be President of the ANC in 2012 and President of SOUTH AFRICA come 2013 Mr Zuma now is time to get that machine gun

      moeletse.leqela - 2011-09-26 09:15

      Zuma is a disgrace in South Africa & he is the one who brought us all this corruption with his Malema pig (pissed)

  • jvl - 2011-09-25 13:36

    Under over up or down,keep the article as subject.We are getting an inside picture ,about how the re-election politics work in ANC.Wake up call...The question is who will spill,what beans,not for transparency but in the interest of the individuals power.Don't let the message be side tracked by the trolls,this is how our futures are decided,not the best candidate for the job,but the most tactical.

      moeletse.leqela - 2011-09-26 09:16

      its really sad...but it wont last for ever (I know so)

      Bongwa - 2011-11-21 22:39

      like it or not ZUMA is going to be our president even in the next term. You can lies all over South Africa saying that Zuma will be kicked out,unfortunately you can not mislead us because such people like you are like rats who always working for others intentions.

  • Mlungu - 2011-09-25 13:55

    The people of South Africa will remain poor and oppressed until they stop supporting the vampire states that suck the the blood out of the country. If you for one moment believe that that the Zuma's Malema's are going to feed you or give you a job then you are a stupid fool. They going to tell you that South Africa is poor because of the legacy of Apartheid and Colonialism they are going to tell you that in 2011 - 2111 and maybe even in 3011 depending on how stupid they think you are.It is time to wake up and be wise people. South Africa has enough mineral wealth alone to house and feed all it's people if on;y we could get rid of the greedy ones that want to have everything for themselves.

  • Ndlovu - 2011-09-25 14:02

    A new broom always cleans bether..but... mostly if one removes the "bad".. there is coming "wors" instead... and about racism.. thats in the gen's of humans... I'm since more than 15 years in this country.. I'm very social and a very extroverte person.. but I haven't been invited from a black person ever, exept once to a birthday, but only because I have spent the cake...! Ja I'm white..

      moeletse.leqela - 2011-09-26 09:20

      forget the cake... we will have a good president in S.A. if we can put our energies on doing the positive (so far we have not).

  • thamso45 - 2011-09-25 14:04

    this story is about how south africa is changing and how zuma wants to win a second term how the hell did race get involved in this. such stupidity.

  • jasmin.haumann - 2011-09-25 14:10

    So u house of cards are falling,as they so good things come's to those.and as the say all good thing must come to and end.Well ZUMA it looks like u days are numbered.oooooooooooh weeeeeeeee.Every ANC member will go down one by one

  • - 2011-09-25 14:15

    Here is a little quiz. Overprivileged_Underprivileged_1 will deduct a lie detector examination. Choose one or all of the options. A) He does not know how to use it. B) He breaks it. C) He steals it

      moeletse.leqela - 2011-09-26 09:22

      lol!! whatever that means

  • Gavin - 2011-09-25 14:26

    DYLAN SWANEPOEL AKA - Overprivileged_Underprivileged - I started following your comments with interest, until I realised you have WRITTEN nothing more then just a convoluted message of fancy words, formed on the basis of incomplete information - CONJECTURE! Quote - "The above comments need to remain firmly in the consciousnesses of all people but the white man doesn't want that to be the case which is why he's disliking all of my comments". You speak of the "white man" as though 11 million of them hold the same view as you accuse them of .. it can also be argued that your mindset says, 11 million "white men" held the reins of power that brought about the oppression! Infact you yourself are speaking of only 0.0000001% of the 11,32 million white residing in SA? Do you honestly think by seizing the econony for the benefit of the "oppressed" , won't have devasting consequences for our already fragile economy. As it is, our Government is riddled with nepotism, illegal tenders, unprecedented corruption and fraud, unnecessary expenditure "list not exausted .. this will play RIGHT INTO THE HANDS of our ALREADY corrupt Government .. MANDELA spent 27 YEARS IN JAIL DREAMING OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA .. 0.0000001 % (like you) are HELL BENT on derailing his dream .. there is a way to repair past injustices, but not in the way you believe will best serve the majority!

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-25 14:43

      Thank you

      burtfred - 2011-09-25 15:50

      Who is Dylan Swanepoel?

      hadedah - 2011-09-25 18:23

      Thank you Gavin well said.

      Sven - 2011-09-25 21:17

      There are 11,32 million Whites in South Africa? where do you get that figure from. Last I heard there were less than 4 million whites left in South Africa, who happen to pay more than 60% of the tax collected in the country by SARS.

      Mickey Fin - 2011-09-26 05:33

      @Gavin. 11 million whites in SA????? Try again pal. 4 Million and reducing daily!

      moeletse.leqela - 2011-09-26 09:26

      white people always talk of tax is if they are the only ones paying all of it..or is there tax for being white as well?

  • happyface - 2011-09-25 14:44

    @ Overprivileged_Underprivileged_1 Wow, you effortlessly type out your comments with such generalization about "the white man" U need to accept that "it is what it is" and focus on a positive way going forward. Nobody likes what happened during that terrible apartheid time but in saying that, Rome wasn't built in a day so, be patient and this country will grow and become a stronger nation for everyone. Every country across the world has poor folk and rich folk, over-privileged and under-privileged, but thats the nature of the world my friend. There are many countries where there were NEVER any "white people" running the show but still have very drastic differences in the "food chain" and in terms of wealth and opportunity, for example: India, Asia, Brazil, Cuba .. and the list goes on. South Africa is not much different if you think about it. In my humble opinion, POWER is what drives the human race, and as long as that remains the deciding factor as to who eats and who doesn't, it really doesn't matter what color you are. I'm not going to debate with you on this one, but hopefully you can find the time to research the history of other countries and you may just find that it is not just the "white man" to blame but in fact, mankind itself with all its evils... we are both part of "mankind" with all its evil history but we need not hold ourselves responsible for others mistakes right ?

      akaRags - 2011-09-25 16:10

      According to scientists, EVERY single human of EVERY single race that has been tested, has the "African" gene in them, which supports the scientific theory, that humans "walked out" of Africa & inhabited other countries. I take the view that I have returned home, regardless of my pale skin colour. India, was run by the Brits for some time though - that's why Mahatma Ghandi started his passive resistance movement, to bring an end to British rule..........

  • burtfred - 2011-09-25 15:45

    Zuma is being very brave, or very stupid. Simultaneously getting rid of Moe Shaik, Cele, Njenje, and Malema is like painting a bullseye on your own back.

      Thandi - 2011-09-26 09:36

      Its getting rid of some of the trash, but unfortunately the ANCorruption has hordes of likeminded cadres waiting in the wings to get their slice of the pie, so as you say, either way, showerhead has a big target on his back.

  • akaRags - 2011-09-25 15:48

    Isn't it amazing that an article that did NOT meniton racism, or even one white name, - an article about the ANC, whose one particular leader confidently claimed that the ANC would remain in POWER till the second comming, has been hijacked by Overprivileged_Underprivileged_1 - who is OBVIOUSLY trying to smokescreen the infighting & problems within the ANC. Yes Overprivileged_Underprivileged_1 is entitled to his/her opinions, but he/she obviously does not have the common sense to spout such opinons on the CORRECT platform, because all of his/her opinions have recieved MOSTLY thumbs down, in other words Overprivileged_Underprivileged_1 is preaching to the WRONG crowd who will VERY UNLIKELY change THEIR opinions.

      moeletse.leqela - 2011-09-26 09:33

      hahahaha!! I think this is an eye opener for similar white people to start being involved in bringing about change in S.A., I mean if this under-over guy could attract so much attention, how much impact would he make if he invested on the positive?

  • kilo39 - 2011-09-25 15:50

    don't poachers realise it would be more lucrative to hunt people than it is to hunt animals. I can think of at least 13 targets that South Africa would be better off without right now. Violence is one of the few things that Africa understands and repects. We must use it to get any sort of control back.

  • Steve Wonderboy - 2011-09-25 16:21

    This article has been completely hijacked by this Overprivileged_Underprivileged_idiot.

  • john_jones - 2011-09-25 16:51

    News flash folks !. Over_under_inside_outside_upside_down is not Black. He is not even South African.I have done a little bit of forensic stuff on his style and web crawling. He is a white American teenager from a fairly priviliged background ( lexical analysis says probably East Coast of US ) - most of the stuff has been lifted from 'Black consciousness' websites in the states. Probably bored out of his skull and can't wait to see it 'all kick off down there'. He would spend less on sex-chat-lines that way I suppose.

  • amabok - 2011-09-25 17:01

    Power, Power, Power that's all African leaders have ever dreamt of and that is why no african nation has delivered the world with anything of any lasting value. South Africa is no different. They prey for freedom and yet freedom only brings the deterioration and degradation of assets, knowledge and innovation provided by europeans, americans and asians. Africa, the cradle of humanity is and will always be the backwater of civilisation.

  • amabok - 2011-09-25 17:20

    Zille for President!

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-25 18:41

      The sooner the better....

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-25 21:02

      Nice idea, but its not gonna happen in her lifetime. Populist politics will keep on winning until the wheels fall off the country. Its the easiest way to stay in power, and is the ANC way as well.

      gugu sheszi - 2011-09-26 00:39

      zille will be president in our next life

      Ngqeku - 2011-09-26 08:59

      It won't happen. Zille is oppressing the people of CT,shutting down taverns run by black people for a living

  • Malcop - 2011-09-25 17:21

    It seems that all the ANC members who have had their hands in the till, are slowly but surely getting their fingers burnt. They are all starting to point fingers at each other, and nobody will be spared ultimate justice. Zumas day will come as well. The policies of the ANC are brilliant. Its just a pity that hardly anybody in ANC leadership abides by their own rules. The rot is now too far gone to be reversed. The ANC legacy is history, and so is the ANC party. The majority of the ANC leadership is in a struggle for personal survival, and little time is left for runing the country. The majority of South Africas good citizens realise this, and will democratically decide the fate of the ANC over the course of the next two general elections.

  • Steve - 2011-09-25 17:44

    Can we have a intellectual debate instead of pointing fingers at each other...every time i read this blog black and white accuse each other of being racist. This country is going retrogressing, we have a corrupt government that use state machiney against it's own members, on the other hand we have black people ranting and raving about how they were oppressed, the country is racially polarised because of politicians who steals from the state coffers and we turn a blind eye and look for scapegoat. There use to tolerance among South Africans(black and white) This was evident during Soccer World Cup, what happened to that patriotism, the sense of belonging to this beautiful country? It's going down the drain because we allowed politicians to manipulate, brainwash us to fight amongst each other. Black man work hard and stand on your own, no politician will make you rich. Instead, they'll use you as a stepping ladder to accumulate wealth for themselves.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-25 21:09

      We ARE polarised by the current regime, the Mandela ANC was successful in starting the de polarisation process, but as soon as he was gone the ANC has embarked on an aggressive polarisation campaign. It is doing this as it is the easiest way to stay in power - as it has been found wanting in terms of governing the country. The ANC elite rules the country for their personal interests only, they are not interested in the people of the country besides their votes. The ANC IS to blame!

      Maxwell - 2011-10-31 01:01

      well said mf2 ,i think ANC members are to scared to admit that the ANC lost its main goal the moment apartheid fell , now its all about survival of the fitest

  • Proefleser - 2011-09-25 17:44

    Dear God, and these are the people governing us... Is there one good man among them?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-25 21:09


  • Kraut - 2011-09-25 18:08

    The well common notion that some black people are stupid has been proven by your comment!!!Troll!!!!

  • jen - 2011-09-25 18:33

    Get rid of Juju Mr Zuma, and I'll vote for you myself.

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-25 19:15

      Git rid of the whole lot of these ANC comrades. Why would you want to vote for any of them? Are you crazy? It's just another wasted vote.

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-25 18:41

    Cockroaches and rats revelling in their own sewer they created...ironically it'll be the "evil" white man that will be left to sort out the mess they leave behind. This is what happens when people that don't understand democracy put their hands up to be a part of a democratic system. The West should have done their homework a bit more before getting behind the ANC's so called "struggle" was all a farce!!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-25 21:12

      The way we implemented "apartheid" is part of the reason the west was against us. If it had been done on a fairer basis it may well have turned out to be the perfect system for us to live in harmony - but we screwed up in that regard. Now we need a Volkstaat.

  • Turbo - 2011-09-25 19:06

    Give Helen Zille and the DA a chance people of SA. Vote them in to power. I guarentee you, SA will be a better place for ALL! If you dont like where they lead the country, vote them out at election thereafter. Its really that simple. But as it stands, the country is getting worse and worse. The poor get poorer and the empty promises get bigger. Look at it this way, the people of SA have nothing to lose! Don't be brain-washed. "A sign of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome". Bear this in mind when you vote!

      Mike - 2011-09-25 20:00

      And do you think the ANC will allow this to happen?

      jen - 2011-09-25 22:11

      The problem is that there is so much racial distrust. Not your comments Turbo, but many others. Would you seriously vote for a white party after reading some of the racist comments on this page?

  • Bart23 - 2011-09-25 20:06

    Give him enough time and he'll be having them fired at instead of just firing them.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-25 20:43

    No honour amons thieves! rats are jumping ship

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-09-25 20:52

    Two more good seasons on the farm and I'll have enough stashed overseas to cushion the blow if its no longer viable to live here. These okes are not the kind of people I trust to lead our country to a bright future. Too much obsession with power, none on governing us. Seems an African weakness?

  • gugu sheszi - 2011-09-26 00:38

    zuma will be the last man standing, but he needs to be very cautious in such surroundings. his foes will fall like dry leaves in winter.

  • rsheen1 - 2011-09-26 03:28

    lets be haapy it is zuma and not malema, but beware the times they are achanging. get those passports ready. Remember the good old days when a president alone ran the country, now it is just uneducated people squabbling over power and money. This is sure to lead in a bad direction

  • jen - 2011-09-26 07:08

    Time to go, you can then concentrate on your family business Zuma Inc. or become a consultant/strategist for other African clowns like all the oldies. He is set for live anyway what with all the perks ex presidents get once gone.

      jen - 2011-09-26 20:32

      Another Jen?

  • AndV - 2011-09-26 09:08

    Will these despots ever learn what democracy is about?

  • Bliss - 2011-09-26 09:13

    So exciting, who will win?? ANC is coming apart at the seams, this is what you get for being corrupt. You can’t trust any of the thugs around you, they are all trying to get to the top and have the ultimate power. Watch out Zuma, I almost feel sorry for you. This is better than a soap opera. Go on, take each other out, make SA a better place.

  • aryantoo - 2011-09-26 09:19

    Firing JJ and HIM self, I vote for HIM

  • v3 - 2011-09-26 09:22

    I have commented previously that, after Thabo Mbeki sacked Jacob 783 and he had nothing to loose by opposing Mbeki, the king-makers in the ANC (the "leadership" who were too scared to show their faces above the parapet) used Zuma as a puppet. Now that he has served his purpose, including beaten the IFP in the tribalist KZN, the puppet-masters are discarding him. While the Malemas (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela proxy; remember how Thabo snubbed her and note that her former lover is Inkwenkwe's defender at the ANC disciplinary matter. Her grandson is in shady deals with Zuma's clan and his Gupta shabir-relationship friends), Phosas, Sexwales, Cosatu and SACP could unite around using Zuma to get rid of Mbeki; having done so, Jacob 783 has become disposable and they can fight it out for positions of power and on the gravy-train. What's best for the country (or even the ANC) has zero to do with this.

  • Ian - 2012-05-13 17:39

    My little part of dark pragmatism. We have a solid vessel sailing. We had an intellectual (there are numerous other consumption rumours to boot) as Captain. We now have a very nervous fidgety Captain steering the vessel. It will not capsize or sink. It will bounce about those who need bouncing. This country is an emerging economic force for Africa. With enough money for petty politics; information is what will keep us afloat and workers that are, unfortunately for our comrades, willing to perform to make a better life for all of us. Thank you all you immigrants for seeing and embracing the opportunities we have in service delivery. Look at the UK; a service entity. And hospitality is key. Look at us; our banks are sound. And our hospitality industry thrives with apolitical foreigners willing to work. Let's go. There is life while a fire rages somewhere else. And F*%$ the Information act. That law applies to South African citizens and SA publications only..... Let's spill the beans too.

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