Monday, April 6, 2009
JACOB GEDLEYIHLEKISA ZUMA Is Home And Dry!
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa has this morning decided to discontinue the prosecution of Mr Jacob Zuma and the other two entities jointly charged with him: Thint (Pty) and Thint Holding (Southern Africa) (Pty) Ltd. This is the culmination of the almost 9-year contentious attempt to have Jacob Zuma, arguably the most popular politician in South Africa today, behind bars.
The announcement was made by the Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Mokotedi Mpshe after a serious perusal of the submission by Mr Jacob Zuma's legal team in which recorded evidence of abuse of the legal process by the former head of the the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), Advocate Leonard McCarthy was provided.
From excepts of the intercepted telephonic conversation between Adv Leonard McCarthy and
the former head of the NPA, Avocate Bulelani Ngcuka(who is linked to the former president, Mr Thabo Mbeki), there appears to have been a strong case of interference by the executive in the case.
Now the man who is most certainly set to become the next president of South Africa is home and dry. The ANC and Mr Jacob Zuma can now finish off the elections campaign on a moral high ground.
However, as expected, the decision to discontinue the case has raised alarm in the opposition parties with many alleging political deals in smokey room by the ruling party, the ANC.
I suspect the whole case and the alleged political interference in the case will lead to further charges when the new government is constituted after this month's elections.
Whilst I don't expect a judicial enquiry into the mother of the whole saga, the arms deal, I suspect a committee will have to be established to ascertain how the conversation of the officials in question were tapped and who orchestrated the whole agenda to sabotage and block Jacob Zuma's presidential ambitions.
Now it appears that the hunter(s) has become the hunted.
Only God knows how the whole case will play out. The supporters of Mr Zuma will do everything possible to turn the tables on those who tried so hard to crucify and bury their man. After such a resurrection at a time so close to Easter, Mr Zuma probably was prophetic in comparing his case to the prosecution and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray and hope that the Jacob Zuma presidency will manage to fulfill the enormous aspirations of the majority of the population of South Africa and lay to rest this sad episode of South African politics.
Good Luck Msholozi!!