Art­ful Zuma pick­ing purse

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RE­MEM­BER the Art­ful Dodger in Charles Dick­ens’s Oliver

Twist? Trained by Fa­gin, he led a gang of street urchins skilled in pick­pock­et­ing.

Well, we have our own Art­ful Dodger. He’s not a street urchin but the lead­ing cit­i­zen of the coun­try.

Trained as a guer­rilla fighter in the bush, he waged a hit-and-run bat­tle with the apartheid forces. His mas­tery of guer­rilla tac­tics serves him well as the coun­try’s most pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal leader.

Ever since he stepped on to the po­lit­i­cal stage, he has been duck­ing the law and not tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions.

Ques­tion af­ter ques­tion, case af­ter case, he has evaded them all.

A frus­trated op­po­si­tion walked out of Par­lia­ment when Zuma wouldn’t dis­close how much taxpay­ers’ money he used to avoid fac­ing the 783 cor­rup­tion charges.

He has even been dodg­ing the tax­man. Ac­cord­ing to Jac­ques Pauw’s book, The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers, the pres­i­dent owes the Re­ceiver of Rev­enue R63 mil­lion.

This is a se­ri­ous of­fence no lawabid­ing, loyal cit­i­zen dare com­mit. But the No 1 cit­i­zen can do it with im­punity. Dick­ens’s Art­ful Dodger is no match for Zuma.

The Art­ful Dodger is a petty thief but Zuma is a mas­ter crook par ex­cel­lence. Zuma could teach him how to pick the pub­lic purse. THYGARAJ MARKANDAN


A scene from the film

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