Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick writes that President Zuma’s greatest self-defence strategy is the ability to manoeuvre to ensure that nothing can be directly pinned on him.
From his corruption case to the Nkandla upgrades to the ANC’s losses at the polls to the activities of the Gupta family, the President’s excuse is either that these things happened without his knowledge or have nothing to do with him.
Munusamy asks: What are we supposed to do with all this information?
This is final proof that there is no shame in politics.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick
Munusamy says the numerous calls for a judicial commission of inquiries are paving an escape route for President Jacob Zuma and cabinet members, adding they are able to delay any proper investigation, pending the outcome of the review of the public protector into the state capture report.
It's a spectacular con.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick
It is almost like a real-life Ocean’s Eleven with South Africa as the casino being robbed – the Gupta brothers are ugly versions of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick
Munusamy goes on to say that she has a grudging respect of the Gupta family for the manner in which they have infiltrated their way into South Africa's state owned entities and fostering dodgy relationships with government officials.
Munusamy says there is a worrying sense of hopelessness from South Africans who have seemingly given up on the fight against corruption.
She says it is simply unacceptable that the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Hawks have not begun any investigations into the allegations of state capture and the Gupta leaked emails.