Zuma farce now turns ab­surd

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the ANC sees noth­ing wrong with the lat­est far­ci­cal scenes in the Ja­cob Zuma soap opera. With­out any sense of irony, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said Zuma is “a law-abid­ing citizen who has con­sis­tently re­spected the courts and sub­mit­ted him­self to ju­di­cial pro­cesses”.

This re­spect for SA’s le­gal sys­tem saw the apex court, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, rul­ing that he had acted un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally as the pres­i­dent in fail­ing to hon­our pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s rul­ing that he pay back part of the more than R260 mil­lion spent by gov­ern­ment on up­grad­ing his ex­pan­sive homestead in Nkandla.

While he con­tin­ues to say he only wants his day in court to an­swer charges of cor­rup­tion in re­la­tion to the arms deal in the ’90s, Zuma has been us­ing ev­ery le­gal op­por­tu­nity over the past 15 years to avoid standing be­fore a judge on those al­le­ga­tions.

His con­duct has be­come known as the Stal­in­grad de­fence, af­ter the drawn-out, street-by-street cam­paign the Sovi­ets fought to pre­vent the Ger­mans from cap­tur­ing Stal­in­grad in World War II.

Even­tu­ally, though, as the le­gal av­enues are fought over and then aban­doned, it is in­evitable that the ab­surd should be the next line of de­fence. And that is what peo­ple saw this week when a bizarre sick note was pro­duced by Zuma’s lawyers to post­pone the court ap­pear­ance for a fur­ther few months.

There were ques­tions about who signed the note (on an of­fi­cial mil­i­tary form) and whether the note ex­ceeded what it was en­ti­tled to do, both legally and in terms of med­i­cal ethics.

Now, there have been re­ports of Zuma be­ing treated in Cuba for some undis­closed “se­ri­ous ill­ness”, even as the pub­lic saw a hale and hearty Zuma rid­ing a quad­bike at Nkandla.

We have a feel­ing there will be more of these shenani­gans in the fu­ture.

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