Phiyega the lat­est to ride the JZ tiger

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

RIAH Phiyega must fall and so should Nomg­cobo Jiba and Lawrence Mr­webi, as Jus­tice Zac Ya­coob has rec­om­mended. The se­lec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion of rec­om­men­da­tions ex­poses the char­ac­ter of the Ja­cob Zuma ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Jus­tice Ya­coob gave his find­ings on Jiba and Mr­webi to the pres­i­dent, who re­sponded: “It does not mean I must im­ple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions by the judge.” The ap­point­ments of Phiyega, Willem Heath, Ellen Tsha­bal­ala, Menzi Sime­lane, Ben Ngubane of the IFP, Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng, Pansy Tlakula are “bad sto­ries to tell”.

The writ­ing is on the wall for Phiyega, but can she read it?

Op­po­si­tion par­ties have made calls for her to re­sign. When we kneel, pray­ing for “rain to fall”, we must also pray for Phiyega to un­der­stand that she has been used and dis­carded.

Min­is­ter Nathi Nh­leko is thrilled with this report, but fu­ri­ous with Thuli Madon­sela on the “Inkan­d­ley­ih­lek­isa” scan­dal.

Be strong, Phiyega, you have joined a league of former Zu­man­ists: Kgalema Mot­lanthe, Mathews Phosa, Senzo Mchunu, Tokyo Sexwale, Zwelinz­ima Vavi, Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and Richard Baloyi. They rode the tiger and when it turned against them, they crit­i­cise Zuma as if his weak­nesses were not known.

Phiyega trusted her pa­tron, but for­got his char­ac­ter when he dealt with MK com­man­der Thami Zulu, former pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki and former com­rade Harry Gwala.

EM­BAT­TLED: Riah Phiyega.

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