In a four-page statement released by the Jacob Zuma Foundation on Monday, former president Jacob Zuma states that South Africa is turning from a democracy into a constitutional dictatorship.
The statement comes after he failed to have his 15-month sentence for contempt overturned last week as he takes his fight to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, reports News24. However, Zuma believes that history will vindicate him.
“As with many of our leaders during the struggle, I believe that history will vindicate me when I say that South Africa today is in the process of changing from a constitutional democracy to a constitutional dictatorship,“ the statement read.
According to Zuma, the country’s laws have repeatedly been bent when it comes to him, taking aim at public protector Thuli Madonsela, the commission chaired by Judge Raymond Zondo and the Constitutional Court for saying that it does not have to consider international law, as per IOL.
“Many of our people are blind to this reality at this point because they have been successfully hypnotised by the long-standing anti-Zuma narrative. It is perhaps convenient or even befitting for others that the laws of our country be repeatedly bent and manipulated when dealing with Zuma,” the former president continued.
Furthermore, Zuma stated that it was his constitutional right to critique judges in the same way that they had done to him as a politician.
In late 2020, the Zondo Commission approached the ConCourt, seeking an order to the effect that the former president was legally required to comply with the commission’s directives and appear before it to testify.
The statement makes no mention of the unrest that took place in July following his arrest.
Read the four-page statement below:
H.E Prez Zuma speaks out. pic.twitter.com/czNBfwIVND
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) September 20, 2021
Picture: Jacob Zuma Foundation