South Africa has slipped closer to a constitutional and political crisis after Ace Magashule indicated that he supports Jacob Zuma’s lawless defiance of a Constitutional Court order.
On Wednesday, ANC secretary-general Magashule – the most prominent flag-bearer of the Zuma camp in the ANC – refused to uphold the instruction of the Constitutional Court saying: “I don’t see anything wrong he [Zuma] has done.”
Zuma has threatened to defy an instruction by the Constitutional Court ordering him to testify before the State Capture Commission, saying he’d rather go to jail.
His political backers – including the dis-credited Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veteran’s Association – have threatened public violence if their former commander is jailed.
Zuma is presenting himself as a victim of the government of Cyril Ramaphosa out to jail him no matter what.
“I had never imagined there would come a time when a democratic government in South Africa built on constitutional values would behave exactly like the apartheid government in creating legal processes designed to target specific individuals in society,” he said in a statement.
Zuma is under pressure to defend himself from a range of corruption charges including allegations he received over R4 million a month from the State Security Agency.
Other allegations include interfering with the running of state companies, including Eskom and SAA, and directing billions of rands to fund projects of his political sugar daddies – the Gupta brothers.
The message of the Zuptas is gaining resonance with thousands of ANC members who have been implicated at the Zondo Commission, or are being investigated by the Hawks for fraud and corruption committed during the Zuma years.
Magashule is the most high-profile member of this group, locked in battle with the Ramaphosa faction for the soul of the ANC. Magashule has been charged with fraud and corruption stemming from the R250 million Free State asbestos tender saga.
Outgunned on all fronts, the Zuptas have no choice but to mislead the public into supporting a claim that Zuma and Magashule are unfair targets of Ramaphosa.
And Zuma appeared to lift the political temperature even further on Wednesday when he put it out on Twitter that he has invited Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema for tea at his R250 million Nkandla homestead.
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