TRAINSPOTTER: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, Suicide-Bomber-in-Chief

TRAINSPOTTER: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, Suicide-Bomber-in-Chief By Richard Poplak @Poplak

17.7.2019

TRAINSPOTTER: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, Suicide-Bomber-in-Chief By Richard Poplak Poplak

‘How come I am a participant in this huge enterprise known as Reality?’ wondered the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, back in 1843. ‘Why should I be a participant? Is there no choice in the matter? And if there is no choice, then where is the manager — there’s something I want to say to him. Is there no manager? Then to whom shall I address my complaint?’

a ranking member of the organisation’s exiled leadership; and before

Zuma and his allies have two intersecting priorities: to invert in the public’s mind the meaning of “State Capture”; and to undermine the commission itself. As far as the former is concerned, a loosey-goosey allyship has been engineered between Zuma’s KZN mafia, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule’s Luthuli House wrecking crew and Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters — call them the Radical Economic Transformation-istas. In principle, they hope to undermine Ramaphosa’s oppositional clean-up faction, of whom Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is the most prominent celebritician, and to cast them as the

It’s a fairly boring and obvious process, but the damage inflicted on the fabric of this fledgling democracy is considerable.

The Reality, in other words, ain’t so pretty. So, we must change Reality. And it is once again through the PP’s office that the South African narrative is being (re)configured. Busisiwe Mkhwebane has issued several reports that have been shot down for their ignorance of the law and for her office’s mandate, but she has been remarkably effective in casting Pravin Gordhan as a villain worthy of dogged and relentless pursuit and Ramaphosa as compromised and corrupt.

In the weeks leading up to the former president’s marquee appearance before Zondo, Mkhwebane released a report fully resurrecting the zombie Rogue Unit/Ivan Pillay SARS narratives, demanding that Ramaphosa appropriately censure Gordhan within 30 days. (The reports have, of course, been interdicted and it is unlikely that they’ll stand up to any legal scrutiny.) As sinister as these factional WMDs may be, Mkhwebane has lately been spinning stories regarding plots hatched against her — dark whispers of poisoners and men in black helmets with blacker intent. Her side gig is perpetuating a classic misinformation campaign, loaded with allegations and intimations — and entirely free of provable facts.

As for the substance, his statements are so childishly outsized that they beggar belief. But already they’re circulating on social media forums, insinuating themselves into the biochemistry of the fightback narrative. This was the point: on the weekend before his testimony began, Twitter was working overtime to lay the groundwork, with the EFF trolls leading the way. The fallen men of the ANC, they are saying, are victims of a three-decade conspiracy with its roots in the apartheid regime. We must pity these men, not imprison them.

Poor me!” wail the powerful chauvinist male populists from Trump to Erdogan. “Save me from the shadows!”

It’s time that, as per Kierkegaard, we demand answers from the manager. Near-death-by-apartheid-suicide-bomber isn’t going to cut it.

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