History has been made in South Africa.
For the longest time, since circa 2007, it felt like South Africa’s then President, and now former President, Jacob Zuma, would never appear in court to face charges that seemed to keep piling up with every new year that passes. This is despite him continuously proclaiming that he wants his day in court.
However, as South Africans in general, we’ve come to accept that what the former President says, and what the former President does, can be total opposites.
Despite over the years saying he wants his day in court so he can answer to all charges he faces and tell his side of the story, the various legal teams he has hired have continuously appealed and frustrated legal processes, ensuring that his appearance in any court is delayed. However, as soon as he vacated the office of the Presidency of the Republic, slowly and then suddely, Zuma appeared in several courts to answer the myriad of charges he faces dating as far back as the Arms Deal.
What’s interesting, and what many people forget, is that it was Zuma as President who launched the State Capture Commission of Inquiry and appointed Judge Zondo to head it. This is when things start to get interesting. I mention all this because as you read and listen to mainstream news in South Africa this week, it appears many people have forgotten how we got here.
When it was finally time for Zuma to appear at the Commission headed by Zondo, and as he has said for many years that he wants his day in court, he appeared briefly and absconded and never returned. Although not proven yet, it is alleged that he decided not to appear at Zondo commission on the advice of his legal representative, Senior Counsel Sikhakhane. To cut a long story short, the Commission led by Zondo then decided to try and legally force the former President to appear, which he failed to do and eventually ended up being declared as being in contempt of court and charged with 15 months in jail.
Bear with me, I will get to my main point shortly.
It did not end there, with jail imminent, and new legal representatives secured. Zuma defied the Constitutional court order to hand himself over to the police. Again, this appears to be based on the advice of his legal representatives. After failing to hand himself over, it was now time for the police to arrest him. Then, with 5 hours to go before the deadline of his arrest expires, his legal team filed to the Constitutional Court after hours asking for his arrest to be postponed. A rather strange exercise given all the time they had. Needless to say, the Constitutional Court did not respond on Wednesday, Zuma was arrested.
Looking specifically at this sequence of events, you have to question the legal advice that the former President received. Was it for his true advantage or were the legal professionals just there to collect a cheque? You have to wonder.
Now, the morning after his arrest, all his allies, bar Carl Niehaus are silent. The spokesperson of his foundation, Mzwanele Manyi, has issued a statement that he will not be taking interviews or speaking to the media (what type of spokesperson doesn’t speak?). There is no mabutho running rampant in the streets fighting for him as the King of the Zulu Nation has now fired the head of amabutho for acting without any orders from the king by sending mabutho to Nkandla. There is no MKMVA taking up arms in defence of Zuma. There appears to also be no one spending millions of money to get him the best legal team and also lobby and run media campaigns. In short, everyone who once stood by him, appears to have somehow gone silent as he spends another day in jail.
His story is rather sad in some parts, rising from the lower ranks of the ANC, right to the top. Only to be abandoned by most when things got tough for him. There truly is no honor among thieves.
🚓 After a week of defiance and playing hide and seek, South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, was finally arrested. Avoiding what many perceived as public humiliation and embarrassment, Zuma managed to be defiant until just under 30 minutes before the deadline of his arrest at midnight on Wednesday 7 July 2021 as he was whisked away from his Nkandla homestead in his motorcade to a correctional facility for his arrest. In the process avoiding the waiting media and denying them the opportunity to see him being arrested. A historic in South Africa as Zuma became the first former head of state to ever be arrested. Link
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Thought of the Day
The arrest of South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma is a historic moment and a reminder to all politicians, including the current President Cyril Ramaphosa, that no one is above the law. (Tweet this | Share on WhatsApp)
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