Former Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe has compared the tenure of former president Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings to that of Donald Trump.
Molefe was continuing his testimony before the commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday after a three-month break due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to Molefe, the manner in which Trump was allegedly flouting the US constitution and doing as he pleased with the support of the Republican party, was identical to how Zuma allowed corruption to set in with the full backing of the governing ANC.
Molefe went as far as saying that, “at some point I was the only one dealing with the issue of corruption”.
The other ANC deployees, be it in government or parliament, were prepared to do anything it took to defend Zuma in his wrongdoings, he claimed.
Such was the extent of abuse of power by Zuma, with impunity, because ANC members abandoned their principles to protect their bread, said Molefe.
So bad was the situation that Zuma was willing to remove all those who were standing in his way. Molefe said that he was one such person, with Zuma dissolving the Prasa board.
“The attitude was that ‘we are going to show them that power resides here [Union Buildings] and not with them Prasa board’.
Something similar to what is happening now in the US, where the president of the country is perceived to be doing things that are flouting the constitution,” he said.
Molefe said what was worse in the ANC was that its deployees in the government and parliament were more loyal to the party than the country.