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By Faizel Patel

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WATCH: Madonsela warns voting for ‘corrupt politicians like Zuma’ will bring SA to total collapse (VIDEO)

Madonsela said South Africans should not forget that Zuma sold the country to the Guptas


As the country prepares for the national and provincial elections, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has warned South Africa against voting for corrupt politicians in next month’s polls, saying that if the likes of former President Jacob Zuma were brought back to public office, they’d bring the country into total collapse.

The elections scheduled for 29 May are expected to be the most hotly contested polls since the dawn of democracy 30 years ago.

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Madonsela told eNCA that if the likes of former president Jacob Zuma were to be brought back to public office, they’d bring the country into “total collapse.”

WATCH Madonsela’s speaking about Zuma and the Gupta

“For me it sounds bizarre as somebody who was in the ANC and knowing that MK is not owned by any person. Just from an ethics point of view, I’m shocked by President Zuma, I’m also shocked by the decision of the IEC to decide that if a court of law decided that his sentence is 15 months by the remission of sentence, the president has not overruled a court of law and his sentence is shorter.”

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Zuma sold SA to the Guptas  

Madonsela is shocked by the decision because  “it violates the principle of the separation of powers.”

“It reminds me of a time under apartheid when Parliament created a higher code of Parliament to overrule the Supreme Court of South Africa. For us as South Africans, we should not forget that he is a person who has refused to obey the Constitution. We should not forget that he is a person who sold the country to the Guptas and repurposed many of our state entities to do the work and reach his family and the family of the Guptas.

“The people of South Africa should not forget that because if he does come back into power, he will do just that, he will finish that job,” Madonsela said.

MK party reaction

The MK party told The Citizen, they are not surprised by Madonsela’s “attack on Zuma,” citing Zuma’s Nkandla homestead investigation and an “incomplete state capture report.”

“Her target was to tarnish the man Jacob Zuma. We are not surprised that she is again lying on public media saying former President Zuma sold the country to the Guptas without mentioning the price, how much they bought it back from the Guptas for, and who bought it back.”

“Her hatred for President Zuma storms from her paymasters. She has no rationale for her work but only carries out mere transactional instructions. South Africans should never take her seriously. She is a liar, a product of white capitalist media, who is shivering to wake up to the realities that Jacob Zuma is coming back to the Union Buildings,” the MK party said.

Unfinished business

Earlier this month Zuma emphasised that he had lingering matters from his time in office, contending that he never finished his second term as president.

Zuma was addressing supporters outside the Electoral Court, the former president reiterated that he failed to understand why presidents were only limited to rule two terms by law, saying he had unfinished business in the presidential office.

“When a lot of people say they want a certain person, who’s going to say no? How can they deny democracy when it’s in the Constitution? That’s what the Constitution states.

“That boy from Nkandla never finished his two terms; he didn’t complete them. I am not a part of that group because I didn’t finish my term. If the people want me to serve, no one can stop me. They forget that I didn’t finish my term; I was removed before completing my term. There’s something I need to finish there,” Zuma said.

Zuma has no ambition

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa told The Citizen that Zuma has no ambition to become the leader of the country.

“The MK has a right to appeal if they feel so. But the truth of the matter is that we are now campaigning, this is politics. Everybody knew that President Zuma had never had ambitions to become a president. He said himself by saying ‘I am going to campaign for MK.’

“So, he’s an attractive individual for MK. If MK were to do well in the elections, who knows, it might well be that someone who will become a president of MK is still within the ANC,” Holomisa said.

Additional reporting by Molefe Seeletsa

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