TODAY’S ruling by the Constitutional Court that documents seized in a series of raids by the (soon-to-be-disbanded) Scorpions are admissable as evidence against Jacob Zuma is a major victory for the prosecution. It will bring into play financial records, the contents of hard-disc drives amongst other things which will open up Zuma’s financial dealings to massive scrutiny.
We are talking about 93 000 documents that were seized and that have been placed under the microscope by the prosecution for several years now.
This just days before Zuma appears in court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday in what is likely to be the largest showdown between protestors and the judiciary in post-apartheid South Africa.
This trial will represent the last stand of independent public institutions against populist efforts to defend party officials from public scrutiny. The closing down of the Scorpions – which is to proceed despite more than 100 000 public submissions against the move to Parliament is a major step in this direction. It is hard to see how these raids would have taken place with the proper legal procedures being scrupulously followed were they not conducted by a specialised unit working hand-in-hand with prosecutors.
Ray my take is: The trial of cde Zuma is/was not fair from the beginning.
We are told that there are many high-ranking people involved in arms. So don’t we commission a person to get to the bottom of the whole saga?
Today’s outcome may lead is sweet to some (to those accused of misusing state resources) but sour to Zumarites. You what this is = recipe for civil unrest.
I repeat, open the arms deal procurement even if it means reviving the TRC with new and/ extended terms of reference.
Otherwise I don’t see justice in the whole trial.
The victory for the Scorpion:
I would like to respond like this. It looks like the common man in the street is somehow unhappy with the way the ANC has operated in the last fifteen years. Listen now, I do not want to say anything that will drive divisions in the movement; but having said so; this unity cannot be obtained by ignoring certain glaring facts.
For some time the other two partners of the alliance have been taking swipes at the government, which isled largely by the big brother the ANC. While this uneasiness has been taking place; you have the new philosophy of elitism in the movement. In polokwane where I spent three nights in my car; I came to see, what exactly it is that they call the ANC.
The ANC is not these fast tracked elitists. Even in Plokwane, I heard one senior ANC official scolding the elite for the display of opulence in the face of such poverty.
Now you have since 1998, this middle class push. In itself that is not a wrong thing if by middle class we mean the majority; then we should welcome that. But it has not worked that way. So you have people who see a new tradition in the ANC. Mind you there are many people who do not know the inner philosophy of the ANC, other than that it is the party to liberate us from apartheid. But when people behave like this; in the name of the ANC; what do people seek to do? They look for the alternative.
What is the alternative? Join the DA?. No!
Revive the PAC? No!. Join INkatha and revive it? No!. Go into the ANC! Change the party from within. What do they do. They look for an alternative leadership. They see, it is much easier to change the ANC from within, than to try and form new parties. After all; the ANC has all the necessary mechanisms. It is still the most well marketed party. It is a business which is a running concern. It has capital. It has customers. It has employees.
It just coincides with the announcement of the deputy President being fired. I am too faraway from the real things. I am not sure whether Msholozi was in the pipe line. But it looks, something was already coming his way. His public announcements that he had no Presidential ambitions. Do not forget he was not the only one.
Now about this judgement. The concourt has been quiet for ages. Next week is the court case. Even if one supports the ANC as a party; it becomes difficult not to smell the rat in these things.
Even this announcement was such a low note announcement; not to invoke public anger. Well we all wish for a united ANC. We all are the children of Mandela. How do you explain the activities of the court.
Dingaan has just said something very fundamental. The reopening of the arms deal!!.
I would not know much about that; all that I see; is the systematic steps to keep the ANC on this elitist pathway. I do not know much myself; but all I see; is that instead of achieving the desired effect, Msholozi seems to be the real man who is holding the spear.
All I would personally ask for is to steer the movement back to where it belongs; the people. We have said time and time again, we support the ANC . But what do you do when things like this happen. We should not forget, this same ANC brought down the apartheid structures, who had guns and soldiers. I do not think the soldiers today ould like to kill their own people.
I must just admit my own ignorance; but we definitely cannot ignore these voiceless people mumbling along he streets. In Msholozi; they see the man who will take the ANC to where it belongs..
Once more,I am very apologetic about this input. I cannot say it stronger and claim to support the ANC.
I do not know if this expression is too strong..” then the king to find out who the mother of the child is; decides the child must be split into two.” Have we perhaps not reached the situation where some are deciding to split the baby rather than to let the poor have it. Kill the baby and keep both women happy. How silly.
Once more I honestly apologize for this, but as the Christians say.” Akuvumi ukuthi ngithule”
Sorry for you Dingaan. You backed a sway-backed lame horse that got scratched, and now you are blaming the stewards
Dingaan my man; I wrote a beautiful follow up on your article. It has been gazzemmed. larry tonight i will make a follow up.
Ray, you did not like my input.What is this freedom of the press you guys are crying for? I am well aware that some people opposed to the truth could have removed the post.
I like the expression AK. Will comment later.
Larry I don’t want it appear as if we ar ganging up against you without any objectivity.
Just one question: Do you believe that all human beings are equal…or there r some chosen ones?
I’m still coming to the land question and its inherent porblems
It seems ludicrous that the Zuma Bastille mob are to make Pietermaritzburg into a 80′s style ungovernable war zone for as long as this case lasts. Businesses and schools will be forced to close and workers lose Rmillions in salaries.
Tax payers then foot the bill for hundreds of buses bringing in supporters from Nkandla and beyond. Cadres have to be fed and sheltered during the “vigil” along with the obligatory T-shirt – again at taxpayers expense. Zwele Mkhize should be ashamed that his treasury is wasting public funds on open acts of sedition, rebellion
and anarchy to protect a man charged through normal channels in a democratic country. Surely if he is as innocent as he says, he will be found not guilty and exonerated in the eyes of the world. Instead the international community will regard the chaos as undermining jurice prudence and civil order in the same-old-same-old unique African way
Thank you, Ray.That was most kind of you to post that one of mine.
“Constitutional Court rules against Zuma: Now what? ”
Well, ain’t this soooo…. unexpected.
Why didn’t I expect this?
Has it something to do with the Constitution of South Africa?
To answer your question.
Some human beings are exceptional and have talent, intelligence and ability to rise above the general herd. Others are mediocre and struggle to get by in all that they do. Many more still find success only in failing. They generally find others of similar status to boost their failure into something more easily acceptable to themselves. After all, a group of knuckleheads will become powerful by numbers and association. They will also be very easily manipulated and misled. They are always the first into battle and are otherwise known as cannonfodder, or the modern day suicide bomber. They believe to the last that they are the chosen ones.
To which group do you belong Dingaan.