Painfully or not, in hand­cuffs if nec­es­sary, Zuma must go

Sunday Times - - Opinion -

The talk about not hu­mil­i­at­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma while he ex­its is rich, com­ing from his fel­low ANC trav­ellers.

Just ask Pravin Gord­han how he was hu­mil­i­ated by Pres­i­dent Zuma while on an in­vestor road show in Lon­don.

It grates me and many of my fel­low South Africans to call him our pres­i­dent. He has dis­graced him­self, his fam­ily and fel­low cit­i­zens by his mis­deeds.

There isn’t any­one will­ing to de­fend him any more, ex­cept for his hard core of cor­rupt sup­port­ers.

Here I in­clude Jessie Duarte and Ace Ma­gashule, who I can only term rogue and mav­er­ick mem­bers of the ANC’s top six.

Here are two peo­ple who sup­ported and nur­tured him while the pres­i­dent was con­duct­ing his ne­far­i­ous deeds.

Zuma has dis­graced his of­fice, sold the coun­try to the Gup­tas, dec­i­mated our cur­rency and kicked out of his cab­i­net good, hon­est peo­ple for no good rea­son .

He faces 783 charges of cor­rup­tion and we are told we must not hu­mil­i­ate him!

He has hu­mil­i­ated him­self and in the process hurt mil­lions of de­cent, lawabid­ing cit­i­zens.

What­ever the hu­mil­i­a­tion — be it hand­cuffs or oth­er­wise — will be just deserts for him.

Paks Pakiriy, Dur­ban North

Un­savoury pres­i­dent

In their at­tempt to man­age the del­i­cate equi­lib­rium be­tween Zuma as an in­di­vid­ual and the greater good of the coun­try, the ANC has ul­ti­mately cre­ated an un­savoury and dis­con­cert­ing prece­dent — the vested power of a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual clearly trumps the col­lec­tive demo­cratic or­der that we so re­li­giously de­fend.

Zuma must go, own vo­li­tion or not. He must sim­ply go!

Narendh Ganesh, Dur­ban North

Ex­ile them to soul­less Dubai

Ol’ MacBuf­falo should give Zuma plus all his wives and off­spring one-way tick­ets to Dubai, a truly hor­ri­ble place with no soul what­so­ever.

His vis­its home should be at the dis­cre­tion of the South African Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions; not too of­ten please.

Nkandla should be sub­ject to a com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der (we paid for it, af­ter all). Turn it into a hospi­tal, school or com­mu­nity cen­tre — or all three; it’s big enough.

Mike McDon­nell, Knysna

Ban the Gup­tas from th­ese shores

Surely it is high time the Gup­tas were de­ported and banned from South Africa.

Their in­sa­tiable greed to amass vast for­tunes through il­le­gal means makes the mind bog­gle.

All their as­sets should be in­stantly frozen, and sold to re­pay the cit­i­zens of this coun­try with the bil­lions of rands they have ex­torted.

They found easy pick­ings among gullible, dis­hon­est gov­ern­ment se­nior of­fi­cials and the same through­out the paras­tatals, and made a mock­ery of South Africa and the ANC.

BR Chars­ley

Con­stituency sys­tem not per­fect

Bar­ney Mthom­bothi ar­gues for di­rect voter elec­tion of MPs, “Wind of change sweep­ing through par­lia­ment has brought out the best in MPs” (Fe­bru­ary 4).

But we must never for­get that the con­stituency sys­tem al­lowed the Na­tional Party to im­pose apartheid on this coun­try and it also kept it in power for 48 years.

More­over, with the ex­cep­tion of a very few in­de­pen­dents, MPs were nom­i­nated by po­lit­i­cal par­ties and still had to toe the party line.

What we need is a com­bi­na­tion of con­stituen­cies and pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion. The eas­i­est way to do this is to have half the seats in par­lia­ment elected per con­stituency and the other half elected from party lists.

Ian Jayes, Wel­tevre­den Park

Put Stein­hoff’s CAs un­der oath

The con­tin­ued fail­ure of Stein­hoff In­ter­na­tional to pro­vide any mean­ing­ful in­for­ma­tion about the na­ture or amount of the “ac­count­ing er­rors” in­volved is in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.

So far only Markus Jooste has been blamed but it would not sur­prise me if those who knew about the “er­rors” num­bered in the hun­dreds.

It is my opin­ion that, if th­ese are ac­count­ing er­rors, then ac­coun­tants through­out the or­gan­i­sa­tion knew of them. They had to cre­ate and record them.

To get a good idea of the amount and lo­ca­tion of the “er­rors”, all that is nec­es­sary is for the in­ves­ti­ga­tors to ask the ac­coun­tants un­der oath, “How much and where?”

The re­sult­ing amounts, al­though not pre­cise, will be enough to en­able oth­ers to as­sess the mag­ni­tude of the prob­lem and make de­ci­sions ac­cord­ingly.

JG Ragsale

Wa­ter cri­sis may dry up DA sup­port

The DA might well find it has “tar­iffed” it­self out of gov­ern­ment in Cape Town and pos­si­bly the West­ern Cape come the next elec­tions.

In the eyes of a great many, the DA’s han­dling of the wa­ter cri­sis has been a tale of far too lit­tle, far too late, and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, such as de­sali­na­tion.

Com­bine that with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s ap­par­ent un­will­ing­ness to make any mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to solv­ing the cri­sis — the ANC has never for­given the vot­ers of the West­ern Cape and Cape Town for vot­ing it out — and we end up in the present mess.

Who knows what the al­ter­na­tive is, but pos­si­bly for many it might not be the DA. Rod Baker, Fish Hoek

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