WHY should the nation be surprised that Schabir Shaik is now healthy and jovial about life outside prison?
In the book Animal Farm some are more equal than others. In South Africa, politicians and individuals belonging to the ANC are more equal than the rest.
Symptoms of a banana republic are now visible. The president got off the hook on a technicality. The NPA said they had a strong case against him. Jacob Zuma has never explained his relationship with Shaik and Alain Thetard or why he visited Mauritius.
Is Police Commissioner Bheki Cele going to reveal evidence collected by the Scorpions? Many South Africans doubt the neutrality and honesty in the execution of duties by Zuma loyalists.
Tony Yengeni was let off the hook to the jubilation of Cosatu and the ruling party. The ring tone of the cellphone of the station commissioner charged with sabotaging the state's case against Yengeni was umshini wami. It was publicly heard on an e.tv news bulletin.
Attempts to hold Judge John Hlophe's case in camera failed. Many suspect that already a deal has been made with Zuma loading the JSC with his sympathisers by excluding struggle veteran George Bizos.
We have seen state officials suspended on corruption, but not politicians Peggy Nkonyeni and Nyami Booi.
Voluntarily, after she was charged, Cope member Nobubele Potwana, a lecturer, excused herself from Cope activities. When she was acquitted, she was back in force. Why is the ANC not doing the same? The banana republic is in the oven, baked by Shaik's party.
Siphelo Nkinkqa, Cope provincial committee, Durban