The only thing that animates Zuma is staying out of prison, says the leader of the Democratic Alliance party, Mmusi Maimane.
Maimane indicated that President Zuma has been dead quiet about the issues troubling South Africa of late. But is surprisingly animated whenever he’s called upon to face his wrongdoings.
“It is revealing that President Zuma’s only show of energy or zeal in recent weeks has been in attacking the Public Protector’s conduct in her investigation of state capture…
“President Zuma has been totally absent in the ongoing crisis on our university campuses, and has been silent on the NPA’s extraordinary decision to charge Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
“(He) is nowhere to be seen, absent without leave. The only thing that seems to animate him is staying out prison.
“He can attempt to delay that eventuality, as he has done, but not indefinitely – President Zuma will one day have his day in court, and we are one step closer to that today,” stated Maimame.
The DA leader was commenting on the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to hear oral arguments in open court concerning Zuma’s application for leave to appeal the decision of the Gauteng North High Court on his corruption charges.
Maimame welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision but then, noted that it’s another delay and brief reprieve for Mr. President.
He said it would be in the interests of justice for President Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop the appeals, accept the judgment of the High Court, and face the corruption charges that Zuma has tried to avoid for so long.
To Maimane, it is a bitter irony that the NPA has charged Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, while it stubbornly refuses to reinstate the much more serious charges against Jacob Zuma, despite a High Court judgment telling them to do so.
He added that “the NPA’s actions belie their stated commitment to equality before the law and ‘letting the law take its course’. As for Zuma, his strategy increasingly resembles what author Karen Dawisha has called ‘for my friends anything; for my enemies the law’.”
Above all, the leader of the opposition party expressed that his party is very confident the Supreme Court of Appeal will come to the same conclusion and allow President Zuma face his corruption charges.