Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2007-12-27 Reporter: Mzimkhulu Maseko

Mbeki Should Back Off Prosecution of The People's Leader



Cape Times



Reporter Mzimkhulu Maseko

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The continued victimisation of the new leader of the ANC by the pro-Thabo Mbeki National Prosecuting Authority could backfire on the government and plunge this beautiful country into a dangerous and brutal civil war similar to the one in Palestine between Muslim brothers in Fatah and Hamas.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and was formed as a supporting arm of the Palestine people in their struggle against Jewish occupation.

Fatah, the first Palestinian liberation organisation, was founded in the 1950s under the leadership of Yasser Arafat. How did the two liberation organisations become enemies?

Fatah, like Mbeki's government, failed to tackle corruption in the Palestinian Authority, and its leaders started distancing themselves from ordinary people in the street.

Hamas, the more militant of the two groups, gained popularity with ordinary Palestinians who felt their heroes in Fatah were sleeping with the enemy.

It did not come as a surprise when the so-called terrorists in Hamas contested the election and won, simply because the ordinary voters felt Hamas listened to their concerns, while the now pro-Western leaders of Fatah were enriching themselves.

South Africans do not want a jihad in their country, but if the anti-Zuma campaign continues, the Palestinian scenario cannot be ruled out. Zuma supporters will not accept a situation where justice is applied selectively to him while Mbeki has refused to have other corrupt government leaders prosecuted or arrested.

Zuma supporters are justified in feeling their hero is being victimised by some people in government who would not want to see him becoming the next president of South Africa.

Mbeki should also shoulder the blame for the crisis within the ANC and government.

I am not defending Zuma, but I, like many South Africans, feel the man was unfairly treated by the government and by the discredited Scorpions investigations unit which became a tool for the pro-Mbeki camp.

The Scorpions allowed themselves to be used by politicians in government against Zuma and his allies while failing to arrest known criminals.

What Mbeki and Msholozi should do now is to put their differences aside and work to unite ANC factions and South Africans.

Both leaders should also work together to assure investors and bogus analysts that Zuma will not nationalise industries like the King of the Shona tribe has done in Zimbabwe.

Investors in South Africa should stop worrying about what Zuma will do when he gets into power, but they should be concerned about rising violent crime.

Zuma is not a threat to society *1, but criminals and rapists are. Zuma has not killed anyone so far and I hope he will not in the future, and he needs the support of all South Africans. If South Africa disintegrates into another Mugabeland, Africa would be doomed.

South Africa is the heart and soul of sub-Saharan Africa and should not be allowed to disintegrate and become another Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe chased away all the white investors and nationalised mines and industries to please his cronies.

If there is civil strife in Mzansi caused by differences between two rival ANC camps, Fifa might be forced to cancel the World Cup and move somewhere else. I agree with Gwede Mantashe, the ANC secretary-general, that if the crisis continues and Zuma is charged while Mbeki protects his friends, there will be civil strife, if not war. Some prefer to call it mass uprising.

The voters at the Polokwane conference have spoken.They chose Zuma to lead the ANC, and Mbeki and his camp should accept the wishes of the majority. It's called democracy. Those who voted for Zuma don't care whether he does not have a degree. They just want Msholozi to be their leader. Some simply wanted a change of leadership.

Africa is tired of leaders who always cry foul when they lose elections. It's clear to me that Mbeki still wanted to lead the ANC after the expiry of his presidential term in 2009. Unlike Russia's Vladimir Putin, Mbeki was rejected by Polokwane voters. If he had won, he was going to continue running government from behind the scenes.

Zuma and his leftist friends should also focus on his security because South Africans would not want a repeat of what happened to Chris Thembisile Hani when he was shot by those who felt threatened by his pro-leftist views and alliances.

Mzimkhulu Maseko
Cape Town

With acknowledgement to Mzimkhulu Maseko and Cape Times.

*1       Corruption is one of the most serious threats possible to society.

And it has been proven in court that Zuma was bribed by Shaik and by Thomson-CSF.

This is inescapable fact.

The next court case is about getting a guilty verdict for Zuma and Thomson-CSF.

Just why this didn't happen previously brings sorrow.

*2      While it is a trite thing in other than backward countries, democracy does not constitute a simple acceptance of the wishes of the majority.

That is just one part of it.

There are also the rights of the minorities.

There are also the mandates and obligations of the Constitutional Watchdogs, including the NPA, DSO and independent judiciary ; the Office of the Auditor-General and Office of the Public Protector tarnished themselves along time ago.

Democracy also requires that citizens don't call for or incite, inter alia :
Do any of these amounts to either or both of sedition or treason and is an offence any both The State and The People in the same league as corruption by state officials.

I call on the NPA to do its duty and charge anyone doing any of these things with sedition or treason as the law dictates.

*3      Now while I hate the thought of anyone's blood being split in the courtroom, it is even more distasteful for me should this be my own blood *4.

*4      Who will look after my daughters and other dependents should I go to the bloody courtrooms of Pietermaritzburg never to return?