It’s more than just a wedding and the capture of an air force base.
There’s the “Boss”, the really truly good friend of the President with bags of money and the willingness to spend it almost anyhow to impress the powerful, with the intention of getting even more money.
There’s the “Chief”, who earns a fortune for doing, well, not much really, but who’ll fix a meeting between Dad the Prez and the Russian billionaire while they’re taking a break from saving the world’s economy at Davos.
Then there’s the minister who has to grovel to the “Boss”, to ask him to intercede with the Prez to give her a little more power.
Thick throughout the plot is the empire of state entities with multi-billion rand budgets that you were foolish enough to think were controlled by the government.
There’s the insane amount of money sloshing around between accounts and countries.
There’s the list of greedy officials salivating for those nice positions, with perks beyond imagination.
There’s the Wife whose bond payment is logged as an “investment”.
And there’s the fileserver at Sahara Computers, with tons of incriminating documents.
Everyone has friends but some of Jacob Zuma’s friends are more than friends, in this world where Saxonwold is a more upmarket address than Bryntirion and Eskom behaves like a personal power generator for a single shady family.
This is the story of how a man became President and held onto that powerful job, despite having a good friend recuperating from terminal illness on the golf course, despite ongoing attempts to bring hundreds of corruption charges against him, despite his powerful former allies slowly turning against him.
More importantly, it’s the story of how South Africans can hold that President to account.
You’ve heard these stories: they’re told repeatedly in conversations aplenty. They’re in every newspaper you pick up or radio station you turn on every day.
OUTA’s case document “No Room to Hide” provides clarity and detail surrounding some of the most important of those incidents, assessed and backed up with evidence, written into careful case files by people who think like prosecutors.
The result is a compelling, detailed account of what state capture means, how it’s done and how Zuma and his cronies have been getting away with it.
OUTA’s legal case file against Zuma is 1 098 pages long (175 pages of the main report plus 923 pages of annexures). The main report is an essential read for all South Africans, especially those who require assurance that our State President has broken the rules. And seriously so.
This case document is important because:
- It explains how Zuma and his cronies are enriching themselves at the country’s expense.
- It explains how Zuma protected himself from prosecution.
- It reminds us how Zuma lied to Parliament.
- It outlines how Zuma ignores the plight of the poor.
- It explains Zuma’s corrupt relationship with the Guptas.
- It details how key state institutions are targeted as honeypots and how control was seized.
- It’s a legal argument, suitable for legal action.
- It contains the annexures with the evidence, which includes court judgments, affidavits, financial documents, company networks, property records and e-mail trails.
- It references the Constitution and laws.
- It references court judgments, essential for legal argument.
- It explains the behaviour of Zuma and his cohorts in terms of those legal parameters.
- It’s the document that our law enforcement agencies should have drawn up, but didn’t.
- It explains why it’s the job of our MPs to do something about Zuma.
OUTA’s team compiled the document to be used. First, it’s been delivered to Parliament and the Chief Whips of all political parties represented in Parliament, for tabling in Parliament and as unavoidable reading before the expected vote of no confidence in the President. It’s on the way to all 400 MPs, the Hawks, the Minister of Police, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Public Protector.
And if all that fails, it’s the essential legal document for bringing a case in the Constitutional Court.
“Prior to the ‘Gupta emails’, the case for removing President Zuma was overwhelming. Since the emergence of the ‘Gupta emails’, it is unanswerable,” notes the case document.
“The National Assembly and its members would be failing in their Constitutional obligation if they did not vote to remove President Zuma from office in the vote of no confidence.”
It’s the President’s job to uphold the Constitution.
OUTA’s case report outlines clearly and in legal terms how he has failed. Massively.
WATCH OUTA’s COO Ben Theron explain the report in 2 minutes.