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5 scandals that Jacob Zuma sidestepped in 2016

By Bruce Gorton | 2016-11-29 12:23:50.0 | COMMENTS [ 51 ]

President Jacob Zuma offers a man who came to the edge of the stage money from his pocket as thousands of people gather at Orlando Stadium, Orlando East, Soweto to celebrate Youth Day. The day commemorates those killed on June 16, 1976 in the Soweto Uprising, where some 20,000 school pupils protested peacefully against Afrikaans being the medium of instruction in education. Police opened fire on the protesters killing hundreds. Picture:  CORNELL   TUKIRI  © THE TIMES 16 June 2016

President Jacob Zuma may be too much – but his propensity to survive scandal after scandal proves he is one president we just can’t touch.

On Monday night‚ he withstood an attempt to remove him from office after a dramatic three-day African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

The ruling party will announce the outcome of the meeting at a media briefing on Tuesday after Zuma departed to Havanna‚ for the funeral of former Cuban president Fidel Castro.

Sources in the NEC said on Tuesday that the motion to remove Zuma was rejected and a “settlement” was reached.

Here’s a look at five scandals that Zuma weathered this year:

1. Nenegate — Zuma doesn’t get it

Zuma said South Africans were just overreacting to the sacking of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

According to IOL‚ firing Nene cost the government’s Public Investment Company about R99-billion.

To put this into context‚ according to Stats SA‚ it would cost our country R250-billion over the next three years to sustain free university education. That works out to just over R83.3-billion a year.

Zuma cost our country more in the space of a week than it would cost to fund free tertiary education for a year‚ and South Africans were over-reacting.

2. Nkandla and the Constitution

The Nkandla homestead continued to be a thorn in Zuma’s side in March‚ when the Constitutional Court found that Zuma had violated his oath to uphold the Constitution.

“The failure by the president to comply with the remedial action taken against him‚ by the public protector in her report of 19 March 2014‚ is inconsistent with section 83(b) of the Constitution read with sections 181(3) and 182(1)(c) of the Constitution and is invalid‚” the court found.

The court ordered Zuma to pay back the money for non-security upgrades including his pool‚ chicken run‚ visitor’s centre and culvert.

Evidently violating his oath of office wasn’t enough for the ANC to consider the president unfit for office‚ however.

3. Mr 783

April was no kinder to Zuma than March – with the High Court in Pretoria finding that the decision to drop the 783 corruption charges against him in 2009 was irrational.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba questioned the secrecy around the decision to drop the charges‚ saying in a unanimous ruling: “If the decision had been rational and above board‚ why the secrecy?

“Mr Zuma should face the charges as applied in the indictment.”

4. Losing the metros

The ANC lost control of another of the country’s capitals as Tshwane fell to the Democratic Alliance (DA). The Economic Freedom Fighters’ support meant that the DA also took control of Johannesburg. The DA also won Nelson Mandela Bay.

All of this signalled that the ANC had lost major support‚ in part due to the constant scandals that plagued the president. While the ANC was expected to take notice when voters punished the party at the ballot box‚ so far the president is still president‚ largely because of the ANC refusing to impeach him.

5. The State of Capture report

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report found that Zuma may have breached the executive code of ethics‚ and that his son Duduzane’s relationship with the Gupta family may have been a conflict of interest.

In terms of remedial action‚ she directed that a commission of inquiry he set up and headed by a judge appointed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

While the report didn’t provide concrete findings save that more investigation was necessary‚ it has fuelled distrust in the president over the influence the Gupta family allegedly has over him.



– TMG Digital



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Zuma is a witch .. evil, evil man

2016-11-29 13:28:36.0 | 1 replies


Why? He is just a politician. Most of the politicians are like that. If you don't like him, you vote him out. If majority vote him he wins get over it.

2016-11-29 13:51:16.0 | 1 replies


and i thought white people did not blv in this witch thing..u r starting to sound like my Uncle BOB when he accused Mujuru of being a witch..

2016-11-29 14:31:45.0 | 0 replies


MC, you got it right.....Can't touch this.

2016-11-29 13:28:59.0 | 1 replies


OL - Hammer time!

2016-11-30 09:05:50.0 | 0 replies


The untouchables

2016-11-29 13:32:09.0 | 0 replies



2016-11-29 13:35:11.0 | 1 replies


This is not funny

2016-11-29 13:38:57.0 | 2 replies



2016-11-29 13:58:21.0 | 1 replies


I will act as if i did not see that as i don't wana make you cry today

2016-11-29 14:02:51.0 | 0 replies


Interlecta. Aren't you relieved the president survived the coup? Imagine if it was the other way round, our currency would be sitting at least at R 15.50 per dollar by now. PIC would have lost as R 200 billion by now. Wow, our God is GREAT!!

2016-11-29 14:45:21.0 | 1 replies


Mgwiji - some people should learn to wait to give other people's a chance, many people in other political parties especially the DA like to comment as if they are ANC and talk as if they know what is going on within the structures

2016-11-29 14:48:40.0 | 1 replies


INTERLECTA - That is because you are slow, and people are already commenting on a matter while you are still busy scratching your nuts and "applying your mind".

PS, how many times has jacob run to the court this year?

2016-11-29 15:35:13.0 | 1 replies


Lol i was talking to Mgwiji wena sebono

2016-11-29 15:37:59.0 | 1 replies


INTERLECTA - And Im talking to you... What do you not understand?

2016-11-29 16:00:49.0 | 0 replies



2016-11-29 13:36:12.0 | 1 replies


Elethu Comrade!! Viva ANC Viva!! Phambili ngoKhongolose Phambili!! Amandla, Awethu!! Inkandla, Eyethu!! State Capture, Esethu!! LOL......

2016-11-29 14:48:12.0 | 0 replies


"Zuma cost our country more in the space of a week than it would cost to fund free tertiary education for a year‚ and South Africans were over-reacting."

Our president is a duuumbf***, he doesnt get it. Mind you, what do you expect from someone who cannot count to more than 20, but only if his shoes are off.

2016-11-29 13:38:26.0 | 1 replies



2016-11-29 14:48:59.0 | 0 replies


The only good news out of this saga, is the destruction of the ANC from the inside. It costs out country heavily, but its a SMALL price to pay, to eventually rid our good country of that bad party.

2016-11-29 13:40:19.0 | 0 replies


I wonder what the people of SA would react if jakop announced standing for a 3rd term, I'll order dustbin-loads of popcorn and park Coca-cola truck outside my house.

2016-11-29 13:45:15.0 | 1 replies


'How' the people..... meant.

2016-11-29 13:46:03.0 | 1 replies


skwama, I don't think our constitution allows for it.

2016-11-29 13:50:33.0 | 3 replies


it doesnt OL- but he can run for 3rd ko Anc and rule government from Luthuli house.

2016-11-29 13:55:27.0 | 1 replies


@Grid_lock...True, anything is possible to ANC, these crooks can come with something and make it suit, if the organisation like ANC can give Zuma a walk on the damning ruling of the Highest Court in the land,that he failed to uphold Constitution and other scandals , and feels that they can turn a blind eye and say "its ok, but we want him to stay", then you know for a fact that such organisation is CORRUPT to the core, and it can never be trusted in democratic world..!

2016-11-29 14:41:29.0 | 0 replies


So was the constitutions of Uganda, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Gabon, etc. Jakop would and can copy them.

2016-11-29 13:57:16.0 | 1 replies


skwama, ANC needs 2/3 majority in parliament to change the constitution.

2016-11-29 14:10:00.0 | 0 replies


OL- if he does (running for 3rd term) the Youth League will become the new 'Interahamwe', like the Hitler youth in the 'Night of the long knives'.

2016-11-29 14:03:04.0 | 2 replies


skwama, is this youth league capable of becoming anything, even something bad?

2016-11-29 14:10:57.0 | 2 replies


Not a chance Oldie

2016-11-29 14:38:53.0 | 0 replies


OL- They are capable of destruction, especially led by Mapumpane.

2016-11-29 16:06:54.0 | 0 replies


It is true that in any population, many are happy with the "strongman" dictator even if he/she is obviously taking the nation to their death.

2016-11-29 14:50:21.0 | 0 replies


He is counting money & about to bless some one?

2016-11-29 13:58:46.0 | 1 replies


He blesses S.cold`s mother

2016-11-29 14:39:59.0 | 0 replies


And when we say this Zuma and his friends are dictators and corrupt in ANC, his supporters get angry. My personal opinion will be a challenge to ANC:If they are a party which believes is so "strong", then recall Zuma, fire the entire NEC, start from the scratch and build the ANC with men and women who have strong moral, because Zuma has destroyed the ANC,work hard to get a better results in the elections after 2019, but use the coming elections(2019) as a gauge to see where you stand...yes, it will be challenging and pretty much a tough call,but then remember you need to restore the trust and confidence in the people, because of the great damage, and show people that you can take a strong stand when it matters, by rooting the corruption and maintain order, and also show people that ANC is NOT run by ONE man! Can the ANC do that?

2016-11-29 14:28:09.0 | 1 replies


Keep dreaming, day dreaming to be exact. When are you howlers going to accept that Reverend Zuma is going nowhere? I feel for troubled souls and health. The EFF/DA coalition and their cheerleaders (polluted SA media)do not run this country, BUT ANC.

2016-11-29 14:53:45.0 | 1 replies


Well it is good to dream, everybody has a dream, but you know for a fact that that ,this Zuma lacks moral, and is corrupt, and only members in the ANC who are corrupt will defend him, and they tell people like you that they are defending ANC.Whether he can remain until 2019 or not, but but you cannot dispute the fact that this Zuma has dented the ANC beyond the word.And I expect only corrupt people to defend him, its normal that all 'skelms" will rally behind him because Zuma told them.."f I go down, I sink all of you..". There is only one thing we are sure of, that history will judge this Zuma and his supporters.....! Clearly this ANC, doesn't understand democracy, even if I dream, I guess I understand a simple democracy, that a dictator is not accepted in the world of democracy.You see how simple is that?

2016-11-29 15:18:19.0 | 1 replies


continue day-dreaming then... and good luck on your space-ship mission.

2016-11-29 16:36:52.0 | 0 replies


@Maftowncity..i dnt think they have it in them to do that..remember that the corrupt cadres ensured that they build a wall to obstruct those who want to do better..corruption spread through to their families, relatives and friends who know very well not to bite the hand that feeds them..if you were to tell me,how many S.cold(s) do you think are roaming the streets currently.

2016-11-29 14:37:31.0 | 1 replies


@Papas1#...Aish, Khosi, you are right bro....hahahahahah...."how many S.cold(s)do you think are roaming the street currently.." #DEAD#..aish, Khosi I didn't see that one coming..Lol

2016-11-29 14:48:53.0 | 1 replies


Sure my bra..the only best thing we can do is to vote them out and stop relying on the media and this useless so called nec..i do have hope that come 2019 we`ll win.

2016-11-29 15:00:52.0 | 0 replies