EDITORIAL | Joseph and Jacob. Equal before the law? Not to Zondo, it seems
Whether or not he risked his life for freedom, stern action must be taken against Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma may be facing possible imprisonment and losing the war, but in truth, he has already won considerable battles.
Imagine the person defying the state capture commission, or any court, being ordinary Joseph from Soweto: would the commission have gone to the Constitutional Court to ask it to compel Joseph to appear and set another date for him? Would the commission, after Joseph publicly announced he would not appear, go back to the ConCourt to ask it to enforce a contempt of court judgment, while inviting Joseph to make representations on whether he is guilty or not?
Or would ordinary constables of the SA Police Service (SAPS) be picking him up by the straps of his trousers and locking him up until a suitable court date is secured? Ordinarily, a process involving the police and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would have been unleashed, Zuma arrested, but with this would come many years of litigation, time the commission does not have. It may well be that the approach taken by commission chair Raymond Zondo is meant to circumvent delays. On the surface though, it appears the commission is bending over backwards to accommodate Zuma...