The time has come to stop pandering to the Nkandla cry-baby

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The time has come to stop pandering to the Nkandla cry-baby

If the ANC does not shut out Zuma, any semblance of what’s left of the rule of law and the economy will be destroyed

Columnist

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is like a spoilt child who relishes manipulating his parents. Every time the man has to take responsibility for his actions he chooses to whinge and whine, knowing the ANC — and large chunks of SA — will bend over backwards to pacify him. That is why the former president will continue to play victim. He knows an accommodation, a special circumstance, a loophole, will always be found for him.

He uses the same strategy repeatedly because it works for him. He has been using it since he returned from exile in 1990 and does so to this day. If this pattern does not stop Zuma will destroy whatever semblance of the rule of law there is left in our country. By accommodating his antics the ANC and others are feeding a monster. It will soon feel emboldened enough to try to eat us all up.

Think about what happened last Friday. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) was scheduled to hold a meeting at the weekend. It cancelled the gathering because it had to deal with the developing “crisis” in Nkandla. The Constitutional Court had done something more of our institutions should be doing. After he repeatedly failed to appear at the state capture inquiry led by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo and defied entreaties by his comrades and others, the court acted, sentencing him to 15 months in jail for contempt...

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