Jacob Zuma cronies in some top positions have in less than a week seen more crushing judgment from courts.
The past few days have seen records of a number of individuals in top key areas and considered Jacob Zuma cronies being judged against in courts.
Two of such individuals are the deputy national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi, special director of public prosecutions, who were both ruled against by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
The court ruled that the two brought the National Prosecuting Authority and the legal profession into disrepute by failing to prosecute former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.
To Jiba, the court said he acted improperly in the failed prosecution of KwaZulu-Natal head of the Hawks, Major-General Johann Booysens
Both Jiba and Mrwebi were disqualified from operating as advocates. They have since been placed on special leave and have both indicated they would appeal against the high court decision.
Not long after that had the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled against embattled SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng who is largely believed to be one of Zuma cronies.
Motsoeneng had applied Supreme Court of Appeal requesting for leave to appeal a ruling by the high court in Cape Town but was turned down by the court.
Supreme court dismissed his application which in effect set aside his permanent appointment at the broadcaster.
Analysts applauds courts for their decisions pointing out how highly troubling it is that the country’s vital institutions are infested with men and women of questionable moral character.
Analysts further noted that individuals like the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) headed by one Berning Ntlemeza should also be gotten rid of as a high court judge described him as lacking honesty and integrity.
Little wonder why under his watch, the Hawks are being abused by a powerful ruling party faction to settle political scores.
“It’s an indictment of Zuma and the ANC that our already overburdened courts should step in and reverse irrational appointments to key positions in government and other institutions by the ANC government,” an analyst said
President Jacob Zuma is therefore enjoined to redeem himself, his party and the country further embarrassment by removing his loyalists such as Jiba and Mrwebi from positions they are not suitable for.
In another piece, the Black Business Council (BBC) has proved they are more united in support of the president despite growing calls for his removal.
The group has a long list of corporate members and its affiliate groupings include the Black Management Forum‚ the Association of Black Chartered Accountants‚ and the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals.
After its meeting with its affiliate, BBC said it is more united than ever in their stance that Zuma finishes his term, as he was elected democratically.
The group’s repeated support for Zuma angered ANC stalwart and AngloGold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana who described it as a “betrayal” and does not represent all black business.
“I have discussed these concerns with many black business leaders‚ including some who lead organizations affiliated to the BBC,” he said last week.
“I take comfort in the fact that the BBC’s public statement does not represent all of us.”
Nonetheless, the BBC said it was preparing for upcoming elections and a policy conference and that President Jacob Zuma would address its awards dinner next week.