When a Fugitive from Law and Justice occupies the Presidency – you have a Snake Pit

2017-04-06 07:57

With Zuma at the helm, today’s state of an ailing nation was always inevitable.

We all knew - although some had given him the benefit of the doubt as a “struggle” stalwart – that he was an unambiguous crook long before he was appointed president of South Africa. It had been clear for a very long time and the responses of decent people turning a blind eye have only emboldened him to a point where today the nation and its citizens’ livelihoods are on the line.

Our economic survival as a viable nation state is in serious jeopardy.

Zuma is the archetype of power corrupting absolutely and stands as a prime example of Machiavelli’s character “The Prince”: amoral, ruthless, devious and self seeking.

His has been a long process of slow poison, having been given the benefit of the doubt by some. For example, my own letters to the Cape Times some years back (when it was a publication of some integrity) were altered by the sub editor to alter references to Zuma's obvious and proven crimes to “alleged crimes” following the Shabir Shaik conviction.

Today he holds the high stakes hand of state capture and control by proxy via patronage of the treasury.

Understandably there is much finger pointing, but the blame lies unambiguously at the feet of these parties:

• The ANC's voters

• Office bearers of the ruling party who are beholden to those distributing patronage – i.e. the president and his minions

• ANC party structures, which prohibit open debate and differences and create clandestine centres of power and influence easily manipulated by one as crooked and devious as Zuma.

• Those who drafted the constitution

Dealing firstly with the ANC voter, there is strong evidence that this tide is turning. With an urbanizing population it is significant that of the major metropolises only Durban remains in ANC hands. That is the good news.

But the rest is not.

Those in debt to the state and its agents are too many to mention; it cannot be untangled. We live in a kleptocratic state – and the world outside (and some inside) of the ANC knows it.

Next, the structures of the ANC are a Machiavellian dream; Gwede Mantache – tugging his forelock after having been pulled up by Zuma and his acolytes said to journalists "We must find it adult enough to close the door, beat each other up, if you find me with a blue eye, I must develop a narrative that I bumped a pole rather than going public with disagreements"

Conclusion?  Lying is an indispensable default setting for the ANC. Can anything be more pathetic than mandating deceit for nefarious purposes and censuring those who tell it like it is – all for the sake of unity behind a corrupt agenda?

Conclusively, the ANC prohibits rational thought and kills off people with any spine.

The ANC today is a political mafia - which is how we come to have all-pervasive corruption, a universal lack of competence and criminals in charge of the state.

Then finally there is the constitution.

Lauded as a fine piece of work in the early nineties it has been found to be a nest for vipers. Else how could one as a-moral as Zuma find such an agreeable environment to hatch his self -serving and exploitative brand of evil at cost to citizens of the nation entrusted to him?

The post-Zuma era will need to address this with urgency.

Clearly evil preys more pervasively than first thought - and the constitution has failed to anticipate the level of self-serving depravity that Zuma is capable of. What is needed more than yet another admonishment by the Constitutional Court is a snake handler and one other than (and with greater probity than) the Guptas, who currently fulfil that role.

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