Sunday, November 29, 2009

Zuma's Ring of Steel

I read this with a feeling of existential despair. We all saw it coming. We saw how Zuma, apparently the underdog, muscled his way in to top spot, defeating a flawed, yet worthy, opponent, Mbeki.

783 counts of fraud? Prfff! Nothing at all. It was peanuts to overcome. Events leading up to the NPA decision to drop the charges against Zuma were a total facade. We saw it coming didn't we?. Or did we not? Was it a surprise? It reminded me of that old ditty, Que sera sera. Fatalism. Yes, I think we all saw it coming. Or maybe not.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

With the appointment of Menzi Simelane as head of the National Director of Public Prosecutions being added to Moe Shaik, head of the SA Secret Service, and Bheki Cele, National Police Commissioner, President Jacob Zuma has created an impregnable ring of loyalists who will defend him against all comers.

Unfortunately for South Africans these are the men who are holding the posts which are supposed to form the spearhead in the fight against crime as well as being responsible for the little matter of national security.

As a result of their link to the ANC, and in particular the President, question must arise regarding where their priorities lie in issues affecting both the country and certain individuals.

In the case of Simelane his integrity has already been questioned following Frene Ginwala’s finding that he had in all likelihood interfered with the independence of the National Prosecuting Authority at the Ginwala Inquiry. The fact that Simelane now heads the NPA itself, through his appointment by Zuma, raises serious doubts over whether he would be willing, or indeed able, to confront those in power.

In the case of Cele, who was also appointed against an outcry of Zuma loyalist, is the man who wept openly during the President’s trial. Accordingly as head of the police it is inconceivable that he would sanction, never mind pursue, the President or any senior members of his administration.

In terms of national security, and the appointment of Moe Shaik as spy boss, we are left wondering how much of the agency’s capability will be utilized in protecting the country and how much in protecting the President against those perceived to be disloyal to him. Shaik himself is a Zuma loyalist prepared to go the extra mile as we witnessed during the Hefer Commission.

What is clear is that the President was adamant that he be surrounded by diehards who would ensure that anyone who attempted to question his authority would be faced with a legal brick wall. This appears from the fact that all three men are highly controversial figures whose primary qualification for their posts is a loyalty to Zuma. In contrast there is a compelling argument that could be made out why each should never be allowed near the building where their departments are housed let alone head them.

In terms of future leaders and appointments within the ANC the future looks bright if you are part of what is becoming the Zuma dynasty.

It would take a brave soul indeed to openly criticize ANC policy under this administration.

If regard is had to the furore surrounding the appointment of these three men and the decision to go ahead with it anyway then the thinking behind the selection of appointees as well as that on unpopular decision-making becomes all too clear.

Like it or lump it.

Yesterday Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille told her party's provincial congress that Zuma will grant Schabir Shaik, a presidential pardon and possibly even the R39.2 million forfeited to the state.

Undoubtedly this will create a huge outcry following Shaik’s release from prison purportedly while suffering from a terminal illness.

As indicated above you have two choices ; Like it or lump it.

4 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

And everyone thought Zuma was stupid. I saw him for the coniving bastard he is. Behind his "bring me my machine gun" jiggle is a man who knows exactly how to play the game. He comes across as a "listener to the people", but inside he is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He's here to stay and I wouldn't be surprised if he changes the constitution to allow him to rule "until Jesus comes", ala his pal, Mugarbage.

Doberman said...

Heh heh, like it VI.

Dachshund said...

Typical "big man" African dictator.

Why did anyone think it would be different in South Africa?

Exzanian said...

LOL!!!! Que sera, sera in Azania for sure!!!