Zuma’s Conscience Left Him At The Rape Trial – Former ANC Premier


A former African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has railed against the entire leadership of the ANC for mollycoddling President Zuma.

Shilowa’s criticism surfaced shortly after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe reiterated that embattled President Zuma would not be recalled by the ANC, despite yesterday’s ruling in the state capture report.

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Mantashe, on Wednesday, said the ANC would ask Zuma to step down, but should the people insist on his resignation, it’s now up to Zuma and his “conscience” to do so.

“If whatever structure says to me, Gwede, do the right thing, that ceases to be a call on the ANC, by the way. It’s a call to me. It is an appeal to my own conscience whether I am president or SG or treasurer-­general or just a member of the NEC. It’s a call to me to appeal to my own conscience,” Gwede stressed.

Mbhazima Shilowa Slams Zuma

Reacting to Mantashe’s assertion, Shilowa said Zuma’s consciousness deserted him the very day he appeared in court for rape charges against Khwezi. The former Premier alleged that the president is still enveloped by the perverse sense of his devilry action, regardless of the fact that he won the case.

On upgrades in his Nkandla homestead, Shilowa said Zuma’s state of unconsciousness induced him to unduly rob taxpayers of their hard-earn money.

“Why would JZ suddenly develop a conscience when it deserted him at the rape trial, Shaik conviction and his firing and Nkandla?” I distinguish between the need to save South Africa and the need to halt the demise of the ANC. I support the former, indifferent to latter,” He posted on Twiter.

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday abandoned a court bid to block former Public Protector Madonsela’s watchdog’s report into allegations of state capture levelled against him.

The dramatic move came as thousands of people from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) took to the streets of Pretoria to demand his immediate resignation.

Mbhazima Shilowa is the co-founder of the opposition Congress of the People (Cope), with whom he is the Deputy President. He left the ANC to help form the opposition party.

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