South Africa’s former President Kgalema Motlanthe has once again taken a swipe at President Jacob Zuma following series of corruption charges against him. The former President said that following Jacob Zuma’s high frequency of indiscretions and wrongdoings, South Africa would thrive well without having him as President. South Africa would create a new environment without Zuma, he said while reacting to a question on whether the African National Congress (ANC) and the country would be better off if Zuma would not be president again.
“Indeed it would create a new environment because each time there’s a scandal involving the head of state, it’s diverting the eyes of the nation away from the real issues,” Kgalema Motlanthe. The former president recently told the BBC that he believed that the South African citizens would do well in future if the ruling ANC crashes and eventually fails to win the 2019 general elections. He expressed confidence that the ANC would lose in the coming elections if it fails to address the issue if corruption currently contributing to its failure to unify. “For as long as it is associated with corruption and failure, people will vote it out,” said Kgalema Motlanthe, adding that when the ANC hits the rock, “Those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it, will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it.” President Jacob Zuma had last week appeared before the supreme court in Pretoria over his 783 criminal cases filed by the Democratic Alliance.
The court hearing came almost 10 years after the National Prosecuting Authority brought the notorious ‘783’ case against him. Having pursued their attempt to have corruption charges against President Zuma dropped, all the way to the Supreme Court, Zuma’s counsel ended up conceding that the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against Zuma was irrational. Meanwhile, it’s been rumoured that Zuma is vying for his ex-wife to become his successor mainly because she would protect him from all the corruption charges that could befall him at the end of his tenure. SACP, for instance, believe that electing Dlamini-Zuma as ANC president would turn the ruling party into a “Zuma dynasty”
However, Dlamini-Zuma has come to defend herself by saying that her fight for the Presidential seat had nothing to do with her past relationship with Jacob Zuma. “I am a freedom fighter in my own right. I joined the struggle not following him but in my own right. I was an activist in the student movement, I became vice president of the South African Student Organisation long before I married him, so I’ve been in the struggle by myself and I’ve worked. She vowed not to protect Zuma’s interest if she becomes the new President.