South Africa's Jacob Zuma can sacrifice anything for the Guptas - Zondo report

South Africa's ex- President Jacob Zuma "would do anything" that the rich Indian-born Gupta family of businessmen "wanted him to do for them" from the inception of his first term, bribery examiners have completed.

The commission is probing assertions  of general bribery in South Africa in the course of Zuma's nine years in power, known as "State Capture", says the former president put  the interests of degenerate partners foward of those of his country.

Additional, it pronounced that the Guptas pointed out Zuma as someone whose personality could per chance be used against the people of South Africa to forward  their own trading  interests.

These acerbic deductions were disclosed  in excess of 1,000 pages of this fourth part of the commission's report that was let go on Friday and guided by South Africa's Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Key to the commission's inquiry has been the assertion that one household  purchased their way into the most powerful  organs of the state via Zuma.

Both Zuma, who functioned as president from 2009 until 2018, and the Gupta family, who came to reside  in South Africa in 1993 just as apartheid rule was closing, contradict  any misconduct.

And because this commission is an inquiry it is incapable to prosecute, however a reformed  regulation approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa previously permits law enforcement agencies to be privy  to information acquired at the commission.

Hiring and firing'

The Zondo commission's fresh account particulars of  how Zuma rented and   dismissed  ministers key to the smooth functioning of the country's economy at the bidding of the Gupta family.

In specific  it explained  the 2015 dismissal of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene because of defiance  with the Guptas' desires, and the nomination of two followingt ministers - Des van Rooyen, and Malusi Gigaba - who were cordial  to the family's welfare.

"The reasons that President Zuma gave" for Mr Nene's sacking "made no sense whatsoever", the Zondo report says.

Its fourth report gave particulars of a network of bribery at the state electricity utility Eskom, climaxing in central  members of the company's executive being emplaced  by the Guptas.

Having furnished cordial board members, the goal  was to "then divert Eskom's assets to the Guptas' financial advantage", Judge Zondo's report found.

Eskom has had to acknowledge considerable money given by government  to help a çompany that has serious financial challenge because of mismanagement, with South Africans enduring continual power outage since 2008.

The report suggests that criminal prosecutions of former Eskom Chief Executive Matshela Koko, and Chief Financial Officer Anoj Singh be considered by the country's law enforcement agencies. They have earlier contradict any misconduct .

Eskom has confirmed it accepts the report's uncoveringsl and that it has "set up a project team… to ensure that the report is reviewed, understood and appropriate actions are taken".

'Deep betrayal'

Some of Judge Zondo's most acerbic words were for the ruling ANC party, questioning something many South Africans have asked themselves: Where was their government when this corruption was taking place at state-owned entities?

"Were they aware of everything but lacked the courage to stop President Zuma and his friends, the Guptas, in what they were doing? Were they looking the other way?" the report asked.

Zuma flouted an instruction to testify under oath to the commission saying it was biased against him, which brought about  him being incarcerated for contempt of court last July.

Few months hlater in September he was let go  on medical grounds, before being ordered back to jail by the high court in December. Zuma has appealed against the decision and so remains on parole.

While this findings established what many South Africans had long suspected, the impact of seeing it in black and white cannot be overemphasized.

After years of contradiction from Zuma and his colleagues , this is in a sense a collective vindication.

But with it comes a deep sense of backstabbing that those who South Africans entrusted to look after them after the assault of apartheid, instead looked after themselves.

However  another final edition of the commission's findings is expected in June.

Whatever its findings, it promises to be a landmark moment for South Africa's colt democracy.


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