Mr Pres­i­dent, you lied – and lied a lot

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Siyanda Mhlongo

THE PRES­I­DENCY lied that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is not op­posed to a com­mis­sion on state cap­ture. We all know he is op­posed to any­thing that will ex­pose how po­lit­i­cally com­pro­mised he is.

I as­sume one of the rea­sons why An­drew Mlan­geni’s ANC In­tegrity Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that he should leave public of­fice was his “loy­alty to lies”.

The pres­i­dent lied that he was in­ter­dict­ing the re­lease of the State Cap­ture re­port be­cause “ad­vo­cate Thuli Madon­sela did not give him a chance to tell his side of the story”. On the sec­ond day of the court hear­ing, the na­tion was shocked to hear his le­gal team ca­pit­u­lat­ing, al­low­ing the re­port to be re­leased.

The rea­son was that the pres­i­dent had be­come aware that Madon­sela was ready to re­lease a recorded in­ter­view she had with him and his lawyer Michael Hul­ley. The pres­i­dent was ex­posed as a “ha­bit­ual liar”; he had no sand in which to hide his head.

The pres­i­dent lied that his fam­ily built his palace in a sea of poverty in Nkandla. The re­port ex­posed him. Madon­sela was called a CIA by Kebby Maphat­soe, the Umkhonto weSizwe rene­gade who de­pends on Zuma for his po­lit­i­cal sur­vival.

He flatly de­nied that he ever went to Mau­ri­tius to meet Thales boss Alain Thetard. Pierre Moynot, the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Thales, made a sworn state­ment in court that he ar­ranged the meet­ing. Re­cently, lawyer Ajay Sook­lal con­firmed the meet­ing in an af­fi­davit.

Nei­ther the pres­i­dent nor pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa de­nied what the two gen­tle­men said. No 1 was ex­posed again.

He lied that tak­ing a shower af­ter hav­ing sex with­out a con­dom with a per­son who has Aids re­duced the chances of be­ing in­fected. He lied when he said he would cre­ate a mil­lion de­cent jobs a year. In­stead, his chil­dren be­came in­stant mil­lion­aires and his wives were par­a­sites on the state purse, earn­ing R48 000 each a month.

Zuma promised an agrar­ian rev­o­lu­tion and a re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of ru­ral towns… In­stead, projects worth more than R300 mil­lion went to ar­eas neigh­bour­ing his Nkandla palace.

The ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion not to re­call Zuma means en­dors­ing that for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene was re­moved to be de­ployed to the Brics bank. The NEC has hurt Nene more than for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han and Jud­son Khuzwayo’s fam­ily. When Nene re­fused to be a Ju­das Is­car­iot by en­dors­ing nu­clear deals, he was purged.

There­fore it is a lie that Zuma is not op­posed to a com­mis­sion on state cap­ture. He wants to de­lay it un­til the ANC’s na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber. Soon he will be ex­posed for ly­ing that for­mer Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity boss Mx­olisi Nx­as­ana vol­un­tar­ily re­signed. If that was the case, why was he given a R15m-plus golden hand­shake?

No 1 has been the king of liars since 1994. The lies about the so-called “plot”, Brian Molefe and the In­tel­li­gence Re­port speak to Zuma’s char­ac­ter. The ANC must de­fend him at its peril. We must play Brook Ben­ton’s song Lie To Me to Zuma and S’dumo Dlamini, who lied that “work­ers love Zuma”.

At the sem­i­nar of tra­di­tional lead­ers, Des van Rooyen, an­other con­firmed pup­pet of the Gup­tas, show­ered Zuma with praise, say­ing he rolled out ARVs, built houses for the poor, fought crime, em­pow­ered women, cre­ated jobs and elec­tri­fied houses. It means to Van Rooyen that Nel­son Man­dela and Thabo Mbeki did not de­liver any­thing. Most praise-singers have good mem­o­ries but this one has the mem­ory of a chicken.

Was it not Zuma who slept with his com­rade Khuzwayo’s daugh­ter with­out a con­dom? Is it not your pres­i­dent who stays in a R246m palace pick­pock­eted from the public purse? Maybe Van Rooyen has for­got­ten that it was his pres­i­dent who took the ANC’s pop­u­lar­ity from 71% in 2004 to 53% last year. In seven years, his chil­dren are mil­lion­aires but 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple lost de­cent jobs and the econ­omy is in tat­ters. Maybe Van Rooyen was talk­ing about a cit­i­zen of the United Arab Emi­rates and not the Zuma we know, whose palace cost R246m, where his live­stock sleep in a R1m kraal and the state spent R20m on the houses of his two broth­ers.

Nxa­m­alala, Msholozi, you lie that you are not op­posed to State Cap­ture. Tell no lies and claim no easy vic­to­ries. KwaDukuza

TRAIL OF FALSE­HOODS: It is ev­i­dent, given his history, that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is ly­ing when he says he doesn’t mind a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture, says the writer.

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