Opinion

Zuma is trying to deploy Africa's old 'liberation handcuffs' defence

Participation in the struggle does not provide absolution for wrongdoing in power

21 July 2019 - 00:01 By XOLELA MANGCU

Jacob Zuma is a master of the non sequitur. He possesses a supreme ability to connect completely unrelated events, and make them seem like they are part of the same narrative. This past week he told the commission of inquiry into state capture that he could not have done anything wrong in 2019 because he was persecuted by apartheid and Western intelligence agencies in 1990. These agencies even sought to assassinate him by planting a suicide bomber in a packed stadium concert. He was saved only by his instincts, and stayed away from the concert. Madiba give way, Msholozi is the real Pimpernel.

He alleges that at the insistence of these agencies he was removed from the position of chief of intelligence. What he fails to reveal is the perfectly legitimate reason that the ANC would not have its deputy secretary-general also acting as its chief of intelligence. That would be a recipe for disaster for the organisation...

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