Zuma – do YOU believe him?

2016-04-02 07:59

“It all happened in good faith” read a headline quoting Zuma on News 24 the night of Friday April 1st, minutes after his damage control speech following the full bench Constitutional Court finding on his Nkandla “upgrades”. The highest court in the land had found him to be guilty of undermining the constitution, defying the Public Protector and subverting the National Assembly to his cause.

Another quote from him read “I never knowingly, deliberately violated the Constitution”.

In months and years gone by he had said at various times “I will not pay back the (Nkandla) money”; “I did not know anything about it (the alterations to his home – where he lives)”; and “I look forward to my day in court”. The last of these was before he was to be prosecuted on over 700 charges for arms deal corruption prior to criminal charges being overturned for reasons of political expediency.

And despite all of this - and to the ongoing shame of our citizenry - he became our president.

So when Zuma speaks of “good faith” and “I did not know...” and “never knowingly…”, just take a look at his picture in any newspaper, magazine or on your TV screen and ask yourself this question – would I let my daughter buy popcorn from this guy on a street corner?

I’ll bet you would not.

And that is because many of us recognise a liar and a thief – never mind giving any thought to his personal morality. Honour and integrity are unknown, so when his lips move you can expect neither the truth nor wisdom; remember learning from him that the African continent is bigger than the rest of the world put together?

Conclusively, apart from being a buffoon he cannot be trusted with his oath of office - so why should anyone believe him now?

The fact that some do is what makes us a zombie nation ruled under a black yellow and green flag. It is a heavy cross to bear.

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