Former Pres. Jacob Zuma should not be blamed for alleged state hijacking or corruption, says ANC secretary general Ace Magashule.
This is because, according to Magashule, both the Cabinet and the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) made all decisions in Zuma’s term as a collective.
Magashule said this in a comprehensive interview with the television news channel NewzRoom Afrika on Sunday, also stating that Zuma’s removal as ANC leader and head of state is part of a larger agenda to weaken and destroy the ANC.
According to Magashule, many “good leaders” in Africa and the world were removed from their posts because of corruption allegations.
Zuma and French arms manufacturer Thales are currently facing trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 16 counts of fraud, corruption and money laundering or robbery as a result of the weapons scandal at the time.
He, along with the controversial Gupta brothers, is also regarded as the mastermind behind state hijacking allegations and large-scale plundering of state entities while he was president.
Magashule is a tough Zuma loyalist and is currently regarded as President. Cyril Ramaphosa’s biggest opponent in the ANC.
He further said in the interview that there is no evidence so far for the allegations against Zuma.
Magashule also blames the media for the “deliberate” lies and allegations against Zuma and other ANC leaders who are being disseminated to “flush out the ANC”.
“And people write books about it and repeat the same rumors.
“It’s time for revolutionaries and ordinary people to see the bigger picture and stand up to defend the profits of our revolution.”
Earlier it was reported that in the book Gangster State: Unraveling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture, Magashule himself is portrayed by Pieter-Louis Myburgh as a kind of central mafia boss in a government network that plundered the Free State when he was prime minister.
Magashule was also interviewed on Sunday about Zuma’s role in state hijacking after the Zondo Commission of Inquiry last week also heard that corruption was rampant in his time as president.
Magashule said Zuma, as head of state and ANC president, made decisions as a collective with his cabinet and the party’s national executive committee.
“As the ANC takes our collective responsibility, Zuma was there with ministers. Were these ministers robots?
“Things went through the cabinet and NEC. Would you say the ministers were afraid of Zuma?
“I do not know those ministers or fellow ANC leaders as people who cannot speak on something. Are you saying Zuma is corrupt? No.”
According to Magashule, Zuma was blamed alone while it was the ministers and directors-general who managed the various departments.
He also has to be listened to on both sides of the allegations of corruption.
“ANC leaders and members must be treated just as fairly as any other citizen before the law. There is no Animal Farm here. People are innocent until proven otherwise by a court. “
Magashule believes this is what all citizens expect.
“You can’t just make allegations against Magashule tomorrow and think that I should therefore renounce my post. I would never do that. I have to be treated just as well as all other South Africans before the law. ”