Zuma’s game coming to an end
F Jacob Zuma w ere a pusho ver, he wouldn’t have lasted this long as a president w ho has seriousl y damaged our ec onomy and sold chunk s of the s tate to wealthy as sociates.
Getting him out of power so we can get back to a proper democracy with an accountable g overnment that spends state r esources on the citiz ens r ather than on a gr eedy bunch of h yenas is a battle of national import ance.
But if you once thought that this battle was going to be quick and easy, you have probably learnt b y now that this isn’t a sprint, it’ s a mar athon.
Keep the faith, we’re beyond the halfway mark. If it were up to the broad public, or even the ordinary ANC supporters, Zuma would leave tomorrow. He is now far more unpopular than any president sinc e 1994.
The ANC NEC e ven acknowledged this in its lame statement after the weekend meeting, referring to “the restlessness manifesting itself in societ y”.
There is no doubt that his unpr ecedented w ave of public disdain w ould have an imp act on those ANC br anch members who will det ermine who the next ANC leader is going to be, although many NEC member s try t o ignore it.
Zuma rule s b y f ear, p atronage and cheap populism. The antidote is truth, honesty and r esilience.
Many South Africans w ho dr eam about a pos tZuma country are losing hope because no mat ter what the set backs, he bounc es back.
His own party is clearly not going to remove him fr om po wer bef ore the ANC’s elective conference in December.
The only other way would be to make sure that his candidate of choice doesn’t get elected as ANC president. If a constitutionalist becomes the new ANC president, Zuma will mos t likely be “r edeployed” early next year, just as T habo Mbeki was removed from power.
The ANC NEC meeting last weekend is seen by many as a vict ory for Zuma. It wasn’t a def eat, for sure, but it w as hardly a resounding victory. Zuma faced every NEC member who spoke against him. Naked fear prevented many others to s tand up and do the same.
Those in the ANC’s inner circle know what Zuma and his bulldogs in state security and elsewhere are capable of, and many fear for their daily bread. An NEC member not in the Zuma camp told me that the meeting was successful in that “we finally saw evidence that w e have pierced his armour. He was spitting fire. He’s becoming nervous”.
Of one thing ther e cannot be an y doubt: the dripdrip of Zuma scandals being exposed virtually every week is going to turn int o a s trong stream.
The scandals ar e e xposed b y thr ee sources: in vestigative journalis ts and book authors digging deep, senior political opponents who sit on damning evidence against him and ar e releasing it bit by bit, and a ewf whistleblowers who are at las t finding their c onscience.
I have previously referred to information of Zuma wrongdoings that was given to senior ANC politicians and Cabinet ministers more than a year ago. Most of this information hasn’t been aired yet.
The pr oblem is that citiz ens ar e so punch drunk by the scandals that nothing r egisters on our Richt er scale an y longer. Zuma denies everything, despite the evidence, and then his pr opaganda machine (“int ernational r eputation management agency” Bell Pottinger, the Gupta media and paid social media users) counters with campaigns such as the one against “white monopoly capital” and resorts to cheap populism.
Eventually many of these scandals will end up in court, but that can atke months or even years. Zuma’s legal team has been brilliant in playing the judicial system to win time, but this g ame is fast coming to an end. T he court is lik ely to order his prosecution on 783 criminal charges soon and the judicial inquiry int o state capture is g oing to s tart this y ear.
Zuma and his inner cir cle know that the game will soon be up, which is why they have been preparing Plan B: get Zuma and some of his wives and children on a plane one dark night and fly them to Dubai, where his blessers, the Guptas, already own a p alace. There is enough reason to suspect that vast amounts of dirty money have been moved to Dubai to make sure Zuma li ves like a king .
But that’s Plan B . Plan A is s till for the Zuma hyenas to suck more billions out of South Africa until the lat spossible moment. I hope that last moment is at the latest shortly after the election of a new ANC pr esident in Dec ember.
But if some in vestigations c ome to fruition sooner, he could be in Dubai by then. — News24.