Justice Malala: Zuma no longer in charge

JusticeMalalaPresident Jacob Zuma has not been captured by the Gupta family – or any other entity. He does not take instructions from them. He does not do their bidding. Instead, judging from his dysfunctional cabinet and its actions last week, he is a man who is deeply, deathly afraid.

He is like a person who is being blackmailed – afraid of exposure and destruction.

He not only does what the blackmailer instructs, but allows the blackmailer to get away with murder with acts against those around him.

So, Zuma is not captured. The reality is far worse.

The events that took place last Friday – when the hapless Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane issued a market-moving statement purporting to be from cabinet and announcing a judicial inquiry into banks and restructuring of the Reserve Bank’s responsibilities to issue banking licences – indicate that there is a coterie of ministers and ANC officials who no longer take direction or instruction from Zuma.

They seem to take their orders straight from the Gupta family. Zuma is unable to rein these ministers in or tell his friends – the Guptas – that they have over-stepped their boundaries.

Indeed, it seems it is left to others, such as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, to do so.

Mantashe last week berated the uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) after its chairman, Kebby Maphatsoe, who two weeks ago admitted to being a liar in the Pretoria High Court, and its treasurer, Des van Rooyen, attacked their senior cabinet colleague Pravin Gordhan.

Van Rooyen, who was fired by Zuma after only four days in the finance portfolio due to outrage that he was a Gupta appointee, accused Gordhan of using the media to seek sympathy.

Maphatsoe and Van Rooyen are regulars on the Gupta family defence treadmill.

Maphatsoe has in the past said MKMVA was “proud” to do business with the Gupta family.

Another ANC leader who is a regular Gupta defender, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, last week also warned that the Reserve Bank’s private ownership presented a “difficulty”, raising questions about its independence.

This was just days before Zwane’s bizarre proposal for banking licence applications to be taken away from the Reserve Bank in direct conflict with international best practice.

On all these issues Zuma has been absent without official leave.

All these allegations have led to extraordinary market turmoil, with the rand taking a beating and international and domestic investors asking hard questions about the political environment.

Is Zuma’s silence approval of what these ministers and officials are saying on his behalf?

Is this part of his plan to destabilise Gordhan, the Treasury and others who stand in the way of looting of state assets?

Or is the plan wholly out of his hands now?

Last week’s events have every South African institution that does business with the Guptas all over them. The state-owned enterprises, such as Eskom, have now become tools to defy and attack the Treasury’s insistence on law and order.

All those involved in the spats do business with the Gupta family. The politicians named above all do business or are advised by the Gupta family in some or other sphere.

These individuals and others seem to take instructions straight from Dubai and not from Zuma.

After every single one of their outrageous statements they are reprimanded not by Zuma, but by other leaders of the ANC.

These leaders – Mantashe, Ramaphosa et al – never get the full backing of the party president, who sits glumly at Mahlamba Ndlopfu while his country burns.

So here is the truth, unpalatable as it may seem. Zuma is not a puppet. He is no longer given instructions to relay to his cabinet and ANC minions.

It is now clear that, just as they offered jobs to Vytjie Mentor and Mcebisi Jonas and others, the Guptas are issuing directions to people like Zwane directly.

We already know that Zwane works for the Guptas. He flew all the way to Switzerland to negotiate their purchase of a mine so they could access coal contracts.

Last week’s events show that we no longer have a president. The country is no longer run from Saxonwold, either. The country is run from Dubai.

Crucially, those who now run our country have such a deep, dark, massive secret hanging over Zuma he cannot open his mouth to tell them to back off.

He is signed, sealed, delivered to them, and can now only watch from the sidelines as they run the country into the ground.

If he dares oppose them now they will destroy him. So he keeps quiet.

In his heart of hearts, Zuma the humble ANC soldier now hopes that someone comes through and rescues the ANC from the family he sold it to for a few pieces of silver.

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7 thoughts on “Justice Malala: Zuma no longer in charge

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Remove Zuma and you remove the corrupt influence of the Guptas who are trying to wield their power on South Africa from Dubai. Its the responsibility of a once revered ANC to wrest back control from the corrupt forces that have brought this once great organization into disrepute and a country that was poised for social political and economic success unber Mbeki before the advent of Zuma i to recession. How much longer will the ANC ledership remain quiet while the country spirals into a political, social and econbyesdabess. Take action now for I fear it may already be too late.

  • September 19, 2016 at 8:31 am

    The question that Justice is rightly bringing to the fore is not whether JZ is in control (anymore), but the extent to which the gini of corrupion has thank hold of the NEC and the top 6. Can the broad leadership of the ANC ever undergo the surgery given how broadly it is now infected.

  • September 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I am not pro Zuma but it makes me sick when a person who’s title is Justice makes such claims about the president of his own country and devalues his own country for charges such as corruption.. We all know and this guy knows what is corruption …or the definition thereof it has nothing to do with the rule of law it has everything to do with those in power and I am not talking about a political organization I am talking about the business moguls who owns all the wealth in south Africa ..and when they steal from us this very same guy will happily say its business as usual its recession the price of the rand is falling . in reality this basically means that the ones in power are stealing our wealth using the rules that they defined in our own country and this guy who is so named justice will say its the rule of law….this ladies and gentlemen is nothing but stupidity displayed by someone who us supposed to be educated …if anyone read this please let malala know that I said he is stupid and should learn to think ….

    • October 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      It is unimaginable how the MERSETA Chief Executive Office Dr Raymond Patel could still be leading the SETA with so much wrongdoing been levelled against him.
      Considering the dire shortage of money in Higher Education, how could The Department of Higher Education allow the scoundrel and his management team continue looting the coffers of the SETA unabated.
      A few weeks ago Daly Strauss Attorneys presented a damning Forensic Report exposing many of the crimes of the CEO. The investigation was called for by the DHET. The CEO is under investigation by the Hawk; SIU as well the Public Protector for fraud and corruption. DR Patel was also previously arrested in the North West together with his wife and father in law for fraud and corruption. My life partner was at the presentation and reported that the Board appeared lost.
      Can you explain how this man could be allowed to continue running such a mock?

      Thank you,

  • September 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Say for example the assessment of justice malala is correct that Zuma is no.longer in charge the question he should rather answer to us is since when did the president ever been in charge of any country …are we south africans only ever comfortable when white masters are im charge….any person who knows anything knows that in more than 90%, of the countries in the world it is those who control the commerce who are really in charge .. What suprises me is that in 90% of this countries only few families are in charge and when they are it is lawfull when a new family does the same it is coruptuon so my question to malala is where are you taking your orders from .

    • September 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

      This response to Malala is confused to say the least. If you are not a supporter of Zuma then you have to agree that he is not acting in the interests of the people who elected him by being corrupt. This has nothing to do with capitalism be it Black, White, Indian or Chinese. The system you dislike is subject for another debate. Malala is spot on with his analysis and should be recognised for his journalistic integrity.

  • September 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

    oh lies to back zuma now, we all know he is controlled by the guptas .this is making it worse,he must take responsibility for his actions. worthless job to make write about such lies.


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