Former president Jacob Zuma may have dug his own grave with his antics at the State Capture Inquiry. His own brotherhood of ANC cadres has turned against him after he made startling allegations about some of them.
In what turned out to be one of the most dramatic weeks of deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo’s commission of inquiry into state capture, Jacob Zuma kept the ratings of news networks peaking with the shocking accusations he levelled against his comrades.
Jacob Zuma stirs disruption within ANC factions
Zuma went from alleging that he has outsmarted three intelligence agencies — two of whom are supposedly of foreign origin — tasked with assassinating him, and his character, for 29 years; to hinting that he may have knowledge on the ANC mole who sold SACP leader, Chris Hani, out to the apartheid government.
All of this he achieved in five days. However, his utterances about ANC veterans such as former SANDF General, Siphiwe Nyanda, former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, and the former head of GCIS, was not met with applause by his party.
Secretary-General, Ace Magashule admitted that, while the party championed the participation of their cadres in the inquiry, Zuma’s brazen remarks would surely rupture any reconciliation that was achieved by the party’s factions.
ANC veterans lead the Zuma lynching
Now that Jacob Zuma has taken a temporary leave from his testimony, his words, it seems, will come to haunt him in the near future. At least, that is what Nyanda was quoted as saying in a recent Times Live publication.
Siphiwe Nyanda wants to cross-examine Zuma
The former general noted that he has submitted a request to cross-examine Zuma at the inquiry. Nyanda has outrightly denied Zuma’s allegations that he was an apartheid spy.
The former president calmly revealed that Nyanda was allegedly an askari named ‘Ralph’ that worked with the apartheid government to infiltrate and neutralise the ANC.
In response to this, Nyanda rubbished the claims, warning that Zuma was — in his own words — digging his own grave.
“I will cross-examine him in the manner that people who make such accusations need to be cross-examined. How did Zuma allow Mandela to appoint a person who is what he says he was as the chief of the South African National Defence Force?”, he said of his intent to grill Zuma at the inquiry.
Carolus raises questions about Zuma’s ANC allegiance
Cheryl Carolus, who was the ANC’s deputy secretary-general in Mandela’s tenure as president, also chimed in on the Zuma lynching.
She cast doubt on his allegiance to the party, unmasking the rumours that Zuma may have actually been the one who colluded with apartheid agencies to neutralise the ANC, something which she claims he is on the verge of achieving.
“This man is an immoral, amoral, spineless thug. I worked with Jacob Zuma over the years. I feel quite betrayed by that level of trust that people like myself, comrade [Joe] Nhlanhla. I think that people like comrade Nhlanhla must be turning in their graves at these allegations.
“This is obviously a man who seeks to hide his own bankruptcy and the many questions which, by the way, have hung over his head about his level of collusion with the intelligence forces on the other side,” she exclaimed.
For the most part, the ANC has kept to itself about its thoughts on Zuma’s behaviour at the commission.
The former president has vowed to return to the State Capture Inquiry with more shockers. When that is, nobody knows
-The South African
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