‘Zuma the mole’ gnaws away at the roots of SA’S democ­racy

Sunday Tribune - - LETTERS -

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma could be per­ceived as a mole, bur­row­ing un­der­ground and mak­ing an elab­o­rate net­work of tun­nels that link him to key posts in govern­ment, such as the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity, Fi­nance, SA Rev­enue Ser­vice, SAA, Eskom and the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor.

Moles play a use­ful role in the en­vi­ron­ment, catch­ing in­sects and aer­at­ing the soil. But they can be a nui­sance to gar­den­ers, eat­ing the bulbs and mak­ing lawns un­sightly with their mounds.

Zuma could be re­garded not just as a nui­sance but a pest and the coun­try’s night­mare. And he’s so hard to catch. Now and then he breaks the sur­face, but he soon dis­ap­pears un­der­ground, only to reap­pear in an­other place.

He’s been try­ing hard to un­der­mine the in­de­pen­dence of the SA Re­serve Bank. But the na­tional trea­sure is hard as a rock. So he got an­other mole – Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane – to do his bid­ding and bring the Re­serve Bank un­der his con­trol.

When Zuma ap­pointed her, many sus­pected she was a Zuma wo­man. Some dis­agreed, say­ing we should not judge her too hastily and that she should be given a chance to prove her­self. Well, she’s cer­tainly done so, prov­ing her­self to be an­other Zuma lap­dog.

The Re­serve Bank caught her out and took her to court. She ap­par­ently had a se­cret meet­ing with Zuma’s of­fi­cials be­fore re­leas­ing the Re­serve Bank re­port.

Zuma is not alone. He has a large fam­ily, many friends and close busi­ness con­nec­tions such as the in­fa­mous Gup­tas, dis­graced Bell Pot­tinger and KPMG, all feed­ing fe­ro­ciously and de­stroy­ing the econ­omy. Work­ing tire­lessly, Zuma and his “mole” gang gnaw away at the roots of our democ­racy.

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