The Other Zuma Violations

2016-03-22 08:00

President Jacob Zuma is his own worst enemy. He is loyal to his friends and close comrades and keeps a lot of their secrets. When he reshuffles his cabinet or removes a minister he does not offer or leak the real reasons for the sackings only to shoulder all the blame whilst saving the sacked individuals from scrutiny. Gossip about his family can go wild and he would refuse to make comments or clarifications accepting to be the baddy in publics eye.

We have seen this type of loyalty between comrades within the ANC. President Thabo Mbeki showed the same support to Jackie Selebi, Zuma himself continue to show the same to Schabir Shaik. These two examples show just how costly loyalty can be. Zuma’s weakness is his loyalty to friends. As much as the Gupta family is a public risk to Zuma, his persona says he is not likely to abandon them just yet. As much as the public is told Zuma’s violations are the Gupta family and that families unsophisticated brashness, there are the more important violations beneath the Gupta alleged malfeasance.

Class A Violation 1: Zuma has hosted two Palestinian personalities regarded by U.S., U.K. and Israel as high-level terrorists. He also hosted the president of the Palestinian Authority Abbas.

Zuma hosted the iconic revolutionary activist from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Leila Khalid in 2014 and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in 2015. South Africa hosted Mahmoud Abbas as a Head of State in Pretoria receiving a 17-gun salute with Zuma pushing harder for the AU to recognize the state of Palestine.

Class A Violation 2: When welcoming the Cuba U.S. thawing of relations, Zuma encouraged these and added that the U.S must return the Guantanamo Bay Island to Cuba.

Class A Violation 3: For the Western Saharan people, Zuma has not flinched to upset the Arab world by demanding that Morocco should let the Saharan people free and that the system of colonialism should end with self-determination.

Class A Violation 4: Zuma went on to introduce and get support for the creation of the first ever AU Army. This followed his triumph of having his ex wife and ANC comrade elected AU boss solidifying his influence in Africa.

Class A Violation 5: The moves by South Africa to forge even closer ties with China and Russia through the BRICS group under Zuma has threatened the west. This was exacerbated by Zuma’s first major act in office of cancelling all bilateral trade agreements across the globe making many nations angry. These deals are now seen as having been one sided and Zuma having acted boldly even though the local press slammed him for this.

BRICS expansion in policy to look at Africa through South Africa is seen as a threat especially by France who now risks losing 14 cash cow nations in Africa as the BRICS Developmental Bank is launched and Zuma is seen as a threat.

The moving of South Africa’s diplomacy to be about the economy has also seen many regard South Africa as dropping its human rights posture.

Class A Violation 6: Back home, Zuma has stoked fires with re-opening of land claims for blacks whilst introducing limits on how much land foreigners may buy in the country allowing leasing of land instead for larger land purchases.

Class A Violation 7: Black Economic Empowerment has been affirmed further with scoring weighting increased incensing many opposed to BEE. Zuma shocked many when he introducing what he called “Black Industrialist Programme”.

Class A Violation 8: Zuma’s infrastructure spend including for Eskom, Prasa and Transnet has been seen as a drag to the fiscus whilst white business saw their participation in these sectors reduced.

These and many other examples are seen by many powerful individuals, governments and corporations as violations Zuma is guilty of and no one gets away with such behaviour.

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