FORMER PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s appearance at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry is, and will, ruffle some feathers.
At his first day, he made startling revelations of former cabinet ministers Advocate Ngoako Ramahlodi and General Sphiwe Nyanda, that both were Apartheid informers or spies.
This follows Ramahlodis assertion at the commission that Zuma “auctioned the country to the Guptas” and Nyanda gave a signal hug to another spy (impimpi).
Businessman Anton Rupert was mentioned for having told now minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula that the rand will perish if he does not toe the line- “resign”.
During the hearing, the former President seemed contend but became irritated when asked on whether he did make a call to then DG Themba Maseko, to meet and discuss with Guptas on the alleged R600m Ad spend.
Msholozi (clan name) also made it known that his life was constantly under scrutiny and could be killed.
He told the commission that there had been many attempts on his life which had failed. The most recent one was to be at a music concert in Durban, he said.
“Just recently there was a function in Durban where the maskandis wanted to fill the stadium. Some of those people planned to murder me inside the stadium. I know them. They planned to murder me. What saved my life is because I did not go there. This is an attempt on my life. There’s been people sent from outside the country to come and kill me but I have been patient, not saying a thing,” Zuma said.
And according to him “gloves are off” and will reveal more damning allegations as the hearings continue.
Zuma also questioned how the former public protector Thuli Madonsela took away his presidential powers when, in her State of Capture report, directed the chief justice to appoint a judge to head the commission.
This morning Zuma, former ANC Intelligence Head, told the commission that he received death threats on Monday evening after giving his testimony into state capture.
Zuma told the commission on Tuesday morning that his personal assistant received a call informing her that he would be murdered.
“My PA was called by a person she does not know. This person said you must tell Zuma that we are going to kill him and we will also kill his children as well as some people around him. She [the personal assistant] informed me this morning,” he said.
“Also my senior council advocate Muzi Sikhakhane; this follows threats that have been made to him as well about a week or so ago. I am putting this on record because later, I’d like to come back to this because I have lost a child and I now know how it feels.”
As the hearing continued this morning, the packed commission saw interest from various political parties and BLF members who are Zuma’s staunch supporters, including the ANCYL and other senior members of the ruling party such as Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina, Des Van Rooyen, Carl Niehaus, SG-Ace Magashule and Tourism Portfolio Committee Chair Supra Mahumpelo and Zumas family.
Zuma’s testimony will certainly ruffle some feathers within the ANC during his remaining four days appearance, but assassination or any form of poisoning or to silence him will bring instability and possibly a war to the democracy fought for by all.
Image (Former Pres JG Zuma says his life and family at risk following his appearance at the Zondo Inquiry Commission).