So we have a rather dull and wet long weekend in Cape Town which means I’ve been indoors for the majority of the weekend. I’ve also been on crutches so its not as if I could plan anything more but more about that some other time.
Whilst chilling at home I couldn’t help but do some reading and catch up on what’s been happening in good ol’ Souf Efrika.
It appears that our beloved *puke* former ANC Youth League leader has been dominating the local news for the last couple of days. Reports of an issued Arrest Warrant, later confirmed by his “hot shot” attorney, have been doing the rounds. He will apparently be charged with fraud which is allegedly due to his connection to the Ratanga Family Trust.
Of course there was the immediate retaliation from his camp, being the Friends of the Youth League, that the issuing of the warrant is politically motivated. As I’m reading these reports I can’t help but have a strong feeling of déjà vu.
If you’ve been living under a rock you might be wondering where this feeling is coming from but, be that as it may, one has to look no further than the supposed charged he will be facing. These charges are allegedly money laundering, corruption and fraud but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Now where have we seen these charges before? Well if you think a couple of years ago, let’s make it 9 April 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority dropped similar charges against our president Mr Jacob Zuma.
The similarities between JZ and Malema’s current situation make me wonder whether the Youth League’s buddies might have a point. It’s undeniable that Malema still has a massive following within the ANC and with that his influence would be felt by the Zuma camp at the coming elective conference at Mangaung. It makes sense that they would want to silence him ahead of the conference.
It pains me to see how our justice system is being used as a political playground by various role players. This is one of the main reason I have no interest in pursuing a career in the legal practice and if I had to go back I would stay as far as possible from the judicial system.
How many times are we going to see this happening? I honestly think this is going too far and it’s making a mockery of the one organ seized with protecting our democracy. This basically ridicules the concept of checks and balances and we are on the verge of losing the independence of the judicial system.
Don’t misunderstand the aforesaid statement, in no way do I mean that the charges are fabricated but it’s the manner in which it’s playing out. We’ve all heard the murmurs and allegations about Malema and the Ratanga Family Trust but all of a sudden the NPA is ready to bring the charges against him. It’s all a bit too coincidental to me and makes the underlying feeling of undue influence and political manipulation leave a bitter taste in my mouth.
I do want Malema to face the charges against him but the timing leaves a lot to be desired. Lets hope I’m just being melodramatic and that the NPA just needed the time to complete their investigation.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Lets wait and see.