Zuma is no different to others

Addressing mainly Afrikaner business people, ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe spoke widely about the corruption facing the country, the government and his party, in particular.

Addressing mainly Afrikaner business people, ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe spoke widely about the corruption facing the country, the government and his party, in particular.

This was an honest assessment by a leader who will occupy a top position in government in 2009. The ANC recently celebrated Nelson Mandela's life.

Even Jacob Zuma was quoted widely, saying "Mandela is a glue that holds all of us together".Mandela is an honest and exemplary leader that all of us would like to emulate.

On the other hand, the SACP says there must be "political intervention" in the corruption case of Zuma.

The SACP is saying because of his position in the ANC, Zuma must be treated differently and, if needs be, his cases must be permanently removed by offering him indemnity.

How can a country highly praised for its constitution all of a sudden subvert the rule of law just because Zuma, one individual in the ANC, has to account for his actions?

If this is accepted, then Jackie Selebi, Nassif Morris, rapists, Judge Nkola Motata and Boeremag treason trialists must be given amnesty too.

Political intervention in Zuma's case must be rejected. Let us not destroy Mandela's legacy while he is still alive.

Thandiswa Shongwe, University of Zululand

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