Mhlanga warns Zuma his defiance will backfire

Lungani Zungu

Leading cleric Father Brian Mhlanga has warned former President Jacob Zuma that his defiance of the Constitutional Court and the Zondo commission will “backfire” against him and the ANC.

Mhlanga was one of the clerics who pushed for the setting up of the state capture commission.

“The former president must do the right thing and go to the state capture commission to answer to allegations of state capture,” said Mhlanga.

Zuma openly defied the Constitution, saying that he will not go to the commission as ordered by the Constitutional Court, the highest court on the land. Zuma is scheduled to appear at the commission between Monday and Friday and he is yet to say whether he had changed his mind or would stick to his guns to defy the Constitution.

Mhlanga condemned Zuma’s war of words with Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. 

“There is impunity, and it is going to backfire. There are implications for all parties involved, the ANC itself, the commission and to some extent the judiciary.”

Back in 2016, Mhlanga, together with other men of the cloth, laid a complaint with the then public protector Thuli Madonsela amid widespread allegations that the Gupta family was a corrupting force. 

In her report titled “State of Capture”, Madonsela recommended that a commission be set up to investigate further.   

Meanwhile, Zuma and EFF leader Julius Malema met for tea on Friday (see GIF above), but the two have yet to go public on what was discussed. 

Amid widespread speculation of a new alliance between the Zuma faction of the ANC and Malema’s EFF, Malema on Sunday signalled he was also cosying up to the mainstream ANC faction. 

He had a call with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni who tweeted: “@Julius_S_Malema called. Good conversation. No issues anymore. Spears down now. Let’s grow South Africa together. He can confirm.”