Good riddance, Zuma. Now it's voetsek to the rest
Jacob Zuma fought to the end but his support troupe needs to be fired... or worse
It is with grudging respect that we witness Jacob Zuma relinquish the mantle of power.
Make no mistake it was long overdue and our country is blessed by his exit, but at its heart South Africa is a society of machismo and it’s on this presumption that Zuma made his final play.
He played hard until the end, exploring every angle, looking for wriggle room, trying to find space to build a position.
It was the move of the veteran puppet-master, but even the best, at some point, run out of strings to pull.
However, even as Zuma tilted at windmills, he believed they were his giants to slay. He flirted with some fringe views scripted by the Guptas and their dark doctors of spin, but in the end, master of chess that he is, he knew when he was in checkmate and that the king must fall.
In that final acceptance there was a dignity that would have been lost in Zuma being fired, as he most surely would have been in parliament on Thursday afternoon. So, despicable as he may be, he was at least consistently despicable.
Now, as a new era dawns, we should look today to the most pathetic characters who surrounded him in that cancerous cabinet which enabled his rule – the Zuma support troupe.
They are not gone yet, even as Zuma blissfully is, and yet they are legion.
Let us name but a few.
If Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane isn’t in custody by the time you read this, justice has not been served. He is a political skunk and an unapologetic henchman for the Guptas in their State-scale scams and corruption.
He should be flushed from cabinet and criminally prosecuted - and he can sue us if he disagrees. We will happily prove our assertions in court.
Let’s cast our eye too to Malusi Gigabi, our minister of finance, who must compete for the title of rat of all rats.
His fingerprint greases the trail of the Gupta insurgency from his tenure at home affairs to his reign at public enterprises and the packing of state-owned entity boards with Gupta henchmen. Now he tells us that he agrees with Zuma’s removal.
While we might find some respect in the depths of our hearts for Zuma, what can we think of Gigaba? He has the spine of a jellyfish and the political certainty of a flag flapping in the wind.
And what do we say of Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown who oversaw the gangrene that rotted our state-owned enterprises?
What too do we say of “Weekend Special” Des van Rooyen, that Gupta acolyte and now local government minister, or the comical cop minister Fikile Mbalula? This list, alas, must be truncated lest we bore you.
There are no words for these people. Except one: Voetsek!