Ramaphosa Criticised For Reaction To Zuma’s Behaviour: “Deafening silence”

“The silence of Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC on the Jacob Zuma Foundation’s statement on Monday is very concerning.

Ramaphosa Criticised For Reaction To Zuma’s Behaviour: "Deafening silence"-SurgeZirc SA
Cyril Ramaphosa And Jacob Zuma/Photo File: Face2Face

Raymond Zondo and the State Capture Inquiry will pursue a criminal complaint against Jacob Zuma, after his recent outburst about the Commission. Msholozi vowed to skip a scheduled showdown with the panel on Monday 15 February, directly contravening the law of the land and a recent ruling made by ConCourt.

Herman Mashaba has reacted to these developments, which have been brewing over the past 48 hours. Zuma shared a contentious statement on Monday, denouncing the State Capture Inquiry and openly promising to avoid any legally-mandated showdowns with DCJ Zondo. The ActionSA leader, however, is equally disappointed with Cyril Ramaphosa.

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The president has been labelled ‘complicit’ by Mashaba, after going more than two days without addressing a very serious matter. According to the former Johannesburg Mayor, Cyril is failing to protect the South African Constitution:

“The silence of Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC on the Jacob Zuma Foundation’s statement on Monday is very concerning. As president, Ramaphosa took an oath of office to protect our Constitution. His silence renders him as equally complicit as Jacob Zuma,” Herman Mashaba said.

The State Capture Inquiry has outlined its plans to bring Jacob Zuma to justice on Wednesday. Upon raising a criminal complaint against uBaba, they have lashed out at the 78-year-old for ‘considering himself above the law’.

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“The Constitution expressly provides that order or decision issued by a court binds all persons to whom it applies. Therefore, Jacob Zuma is, in terms of the Constitution, expressly bound by the Constitutional Court.”

“Zuma’s decision that he will defy the order of the country’s highest court and the summons of the Commission is completely unacceptable in a constitutional democracy such as ours. It seems Mr. Zuma considers himself to be above the law and the Constitution. The Commission reiterates that in terms of the Constitution, everyone is equal before the law.”

Jacob Zuma’s ramblings sent shockwaves across South Africa earlier this week, as he accused the courts and South Africa’s entire judiciary system of being ‘captured’. His attitude hasn’t garnered a reaction from Ramaphosa yet, but the cavalier approach adopted by JZ has drawn condemnation elsewhere.

“It is clear that the laws of this country are politicized even at the highest court in the land. Recently at the State Capture Commission, allegations made against the judiciary have been overlooked and suppressed by the chairperson himself. The Inquiry can expect no further co-operation from me in any of their processes going forward,” Zuma said.

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