Zuma trial: 'We are dealing with the godfather of South African politics'

Many South Africans met the news that Jacob Zuma is scheduled to stand next week on 15 October, with disbelief.

There have after all been years of delays in bringing the case to court - the disgraced former president faces charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering relating to payments from French arms company Thales made to him through his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was convicted in 2005.

RELATED: 'There is no case here, no corruption charge, it is just a political vendetta'

On Friday, a full bench of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court found that Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) were equally complicit in causing the delay.

The court dismissed the application for a permanent stay in prosecution by the former president and co-accused Thales.

RELATED: Analyst explains link between Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales

CapeTalk's Abongile Nzelenzele Dube gets the input of Xolani Dube, political analyst with the Xubera Institute of Research and Development.

Dube describes Zuma as the "godfather" of local politics, produced and until recently, protected by the ANC.

There is always one godfather that African politics produces and in our country, we have produced JZ and fortunately or unfortunately, we have produced a very sophisticated godfather in our politics.

Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development

The question on everyone's lips - will Zuma appeal? And does he have the funds to do so?

Dube has a scathing response:

In South Africa we have lots of poor people but we are supposed to always go to court and finance their (politicians') cases.

Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development

If he (Zuma) is telling us that he's got no money it's clearly an indication that South African politicians, they are taking us for a ride to say we have to finance even their ways of fighting against the allegations of their ill-deeds, against us!

Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development

Dube goes on to say that, in fact, this trial is not about Jacob Zuma the individual, but about the organisation of the ANC which allowed him to become president and stay in power.

Bear in mind the people who are protecting this individual, the people who made this individual so powerful is the organisation that is in power.

Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development

If Jacob Zuma is going to trial, or to jail, here it is about the image, the morality, the ethics of the ANC. Because Zuma, he's the representative of the whole.

Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development

According to Dube, South Africans need to have a conversation about their relationship with the ruling party. That can only be effective however, if there is a discussion first about the country's electoral system.

If we have that discourse it will also mean a discourse that says, look the electoral system is very disempowering because South Africans have been waiting for justice for the past 15 years, or ten years and we are not even sure that Jacob Zuma, come Tuesday, is not going to appeal because he's a man of Stalingrad approach.

Xolani Dube - Political Analyst with Xubera Institute of Research and Development.

If we can have that conversation, that's also how we can protect these institutions that need to mete out justice against those who do evil things in our society.

Xolani Dube - Political Analyst with Xubera Institute of Research and Development.

We must not be excited because that would show that we are vulnerable in that we have to say, this organisation can protect someone who's rogue and even make that individual a president which means that they can also bring us someone else who is rogue and after ten years they can say that person was not fit.

Xolani Dube, Political analyst - Xubera Institute for Research and Development

Listen to Dube's impassioned argument below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zuma trial: 'We are dealing with the godfather of South African politics'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Cape Town 'leading' growth in Muslim tourism market

Cape Town 'leading' growth in Muslim tourism market

CrescentRating CEO Fazal Bahardeen discusses the needs of Muslim tourists visiting South Africa.

All systems go for final matric exams, but is your child ready?

All systems go for final matric exams, but is your child ready?

The Independent Institute of Education's Nola Payne shares useful tips on exam preparation for both candidates and their parents.

'There is no case here, no corruption charge, it is just a political vendetta'

'There is no case here, no corruption charge, it is just a political vendetta'

A Jacob Zuma's supporter, Nkosentsha Shezi rubbishes the corruption and other charges upheld against the former president.

Zuma to know by Friday if his corruption case will be dismissed

Zuma to know by Friday if his corruption case will be dismissed

Earlier this year, the former president argued in court why he wanted his case to be struck off the roll.

Zuma's tweet backs Brazil's Lula's bid to clear his name of corruption charges

Zuma's tweet backs Brazil's Lula's bid to clear his name of corruption charges

Jacob Zuma tweets 'the mighty truth will prevail’ backing former Brazilian leader's bid to clear his name of corruption charges.

Analyst explains link between Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales

Analyst explains link between Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales

Arms deal critic and activist Paul Holden unpacks permanent stay of prosecution application by former president and co-accused.

Popular articles
5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

Enjoy life and save for the future by splitting income using the '50/15/5 rule'

You only live once — personal finance guru Warren Ingram on divvying up your income if you're not the budgeting type.

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Tourist steps out of his car to film lions at Kruger National Park

[WATCH] Tourist steps out of his car to film lions at Kruger National Park

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

First commercial dagga licence granted to Stellenbosch farm

First commercial dagga licence granted to Stellenbosch farm

An owner of Polkadraai Strawberry Farm says it will produce medical marijuana under their trading company, Felbridge.

[WATCH] 'I am smart, I am blessed, I can do anything' video goes viral

[WATCH] 'I am smart, I am blessed, I can do anything' video goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Job hopeful caught cheating during his Skype interview

[WATCH] Job hopeful caught cheating during his Skype interview

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Dad dancing with daughter at school concert goes viral

[WATCH] Dad dancing with daughter at school concert goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.