Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
27 Jan 2021
4:50 am

Zuma’s abuse of system ‘no surprise’

Eric Naki

The intelligence community initiated Project Wave to help protect Zuma’s reputation locally and internationally.

Former president Jacob Zuma at the State Capture Commission in Braamfontein on 19 November 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

The use of the SA intelligence community by former president Jacob Zuma to achieve his political ends was abuse of the highest order and not a surprise, political experts have said. Political analyst Professor Susan Booysen, research director at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, said there was no doubt Zuma abused the intelligence department during his reign. “It’s not a surprise that the high-level report came up with that observation. Much of what came out of the Zondo commission was a confirmation of the report by the [2018] High Level Panel into the State Security Agency activities,” Booysen said....