By: Staff Reporter
JOHANNESBURG- The Gauteng RET President Zuma Support Group has on Tuesday expressed its concern at the public megaphone-style of propanda politics that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the Chair of the Commission of Enquiry into State Capture, has adopted towards President Jacob Zuma.
This comes after Judge Zondo said what has been decided was the date for when the commission’s legal team would be allowed to argue for a subpoena to be issued against Zuma to compel him to appear before the inquiry.
“Judge Zondo has never seen it fit before to address arrangements for witnesses who are to appear infront of his Commission through media conferences, but he saw it fit to select (in fact the correct word is target) President Zuma for such special, disrespectful, treatment. In fact this is actually the second time that Judge Zondo has seen fit to do so, as he he had also previously adressed the matter of President Zuma giving evidence
before the Commission when the work of the Commission commenced. There are several other witnesses where there have been for various reasons delays in them appearing before the Commission, but the Commission’s engagements with them have been, and continue to be, through direct confidential personal contact” said the movement.
According to the Gauteng RET President Zuma support group, among those the most notable example is Minister Pravin Gordahn who is to appear before the Commission for cross-examination, but who has not done so to the point where
it is appearing that he is defiant and arrogant in being unavailable.
“The Minister seems to regard himself to be in a special catagory of super-citizen that is not answerable to anyone – unlike the rest of us as South African citizens.
“Not even to a Commission that he agitated for, and evidently intended to use as a political attack-tool in his factional political maneuveres against those whom he has so vindictively defined as his political adversaries.
“Despite such disdainful conduct towards the Commission, Judge Zondo has not seen it fit to address Mr. Gordahn’s persistent absence at the Commission through a media conference, nor threaten to subpoena him, but continues to respond personally to the Minister with the utmost subservient deference and respect”, the movement said.
Furthermore the movement added: “The question arises who is really calling the shots with regards to the work of the Commission? One could come to the conclusion that the Commission, and it’s presiding Chair, is behaving towards Minister Gordahn like an instructing boss”.
“In holding yesterday’s media conference Judge Zondo came up with the flimsiest of excuses, namely that he had enquiries from the media about President Zuma’s future appearance, and that he wanted to address those. The question arises since when do questions from the media set the agenda of the work of the Commission?”
“As the Gauteng RET President Zuma Support Group we have done our homework, and established that several media houses have sent questions to the Commission enquiring about the future appearence of Minister Gordahn before it, but these queries have not garnered Judge Zondo to rush into holding media conference.
“We are also aware that other witnesses who are to appear before the Commission have indicated their availability to do so with immediate effect, among those Mr. Lucky Montana (who had written two letters to the Commission to that effect), but the Commission does not seem to be in a rush at all to call them. There are other persons such as messrs Brian Molefe and Arthur Fraser who have literally pleaded to appear before the Commission, but whom the Comission has not seen neccesarry for them to be called to appear.
“In the case of Mr. Molefe he has actually provided the Commission with a thirty page affidavit, but he was not called by the Commission to appear before it during the critical enquiry into Eskom. We are convinced that the reason for this extraordinary step, to ignore an absolutely crucial witness with regards to Eskom, is because of those who are implicated in the said affidavit by Mr. Molefe. The only rush, and urgency, to get a very specific witness before it, seems to be singularly reserved for President Zuma”, the movement said.
“Evidently the Commission has specific persons that it is targetting and the appearance of witnesses before the Commission are not equal-opportunity moments. It is evident that the prime target that the Commssion and it’s Chair have in their crosshairs, and are litrerally hunting down, is President Zuma.
“The last letter from the Commission enquiring about President Zuma’s availability to appear before it, was received by his legal representatives only late last week. Even before they were granted a decent period of time to reply, Judge Zondo saw it fit to call his hasty media conference.
“It must also be noted that when President Zuma was ill and went for medical treatment in Cuba, and could not attend the Commission, Judge Zondo made a big hullybaloo about how he needed to interview President Zuma’s medical team in order to convince himself that he is being told the truth. After having gained the media propaganda mileage of having casted such a disrespectful aspersion on President Zuma, he never bothered to pursue the said meeting with President Zuma’s doctors. The only conclusion to be drawn is that he actually never doubted the veracity of President Zuma’s illness, which anyhow was a matter of well-reported public record, but only intended to cause harm to the pesona of President Zuma.
As maintained by the movement, right from the beginning of the formation of the Commission of Enquiry into State Capture there have been persistent and legitimate questions about the true perpose of the work of the Commission, and whether the Commission was really intended to get to the bottom of the issue of state capture.
“These questions arose because of the extremely narrrow, and historically limited, defenition of state capture in it’s mandate, which were derived from the ‘State of Capture’ report by the former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Legitimate concerns were raised that state capture is a historically much broader and deeper issue, that goes back many decades – actually centuries – to the colonial formation of South Africa and the subjugation and exploitation of our black (specifically African) indiginious population.
“The serious question arises whether the deeply flawed mandate of the Commission was an error, or whether it was intentional because it’s real task was never actually to investigate state capture, but to target certain political and economic ideological positions that challenges the continuing control of the South African economy by White Monopoly Capital (WMC), and to specifically target those persons who are the main proponents of the need for Radical Economic Transformation (RET), and thus advance the implimentation of the Second Phase of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR). It is common knowlege that President Zuma is the most prominent exponent of Radical Economic Transformation, and we maintain that he is being targetted so viciously and publicaly exactly for that reason”.
“In the light of the conduct by Judge Zondo, with regards to the inapropriate media conference that he held, credence is given to the serious question whether the targetting of the proponents of Radical Economic Transformation, and those who want to effect the fundamental economic transformation and black empowerment of the South African economy, is indeed not the true mandate of the Commission?
With his extraordinary conduct at yesterday’s media conference Judge Zondo has strenthened the credence of this view. He has certainly not done his own integrity, nor the legitimacy of the Commission of Enquiry into State Capture, any favours”, the movement said in conclusion.