Editor's Note: Justice Malala is a political commentator and the author of "We Have Now Begun Our Descent: How To Stop South Africa Losing its Way".
In this article, Briefly.co.za brings you Malala's opinion as he discusses Zuma's actions since he was ousted as President of South Africa, and questions what the ANC leader is trying to gain.
What is Jacob Zuma up to? Everything he has done since his rambling, mad and dangerous interview with the SABC on the afternoon of February 14 points to a man who is either brewing a revolt within the ANC, planning a breakaway party or trying to instigate violence in the land.
For a man who has always portrayed himself as a servant of the ANC, Zuma seems to be preparing to destroy the very organisation he professes to love.
Worse, he seems to be prepared to push the country he once led back into the violence of the late 1980s and early 1990s in KwaZulu-Natal.
On Friday, surrounded by supporters after his court appearance on corruption charges in Durban, Zuma broke into song and led the crowd in a rendition of Sengimanxebanxeba (I am full of wounds), a famous Zulu song which the City Press has described as being associated with regiments and which talks of betrayal by one’s own comrades.
Zuma told the adoring crowd that he would defend himself. “He said several times, to loud cheers, that it was a pity that beating up people was no longer allowed otherwise he would have resorted to that,” the City Press said.
These are the words of the former president of the Republic of South Africa. What do they mean?
Of course, we will be told that this is a figure of speech, that he didn’t imply any violence.
But Zuma knows that those are potent words in KwaZulu-Natal, a place where political killings are back with a vengeance. So what exactly is the man’s game? First, he is trying to shore up support within the ANC and discredit his new party leader, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Over the past three months, Zuma has been behaving a bit like a stalker, appearing wherever Ramaphosa appears and trying to outdo him or cast a pall over events by his mere presence.
On Friday, straight after his court appearance in Durban, he hopped on a plane and hot-footed it to Tzaneen in Limpopo to hover over Ramaphosa’s visit to Queen Modjadji. What was he doing there?
A few weeks ago, he arrived at the ANC national executive committee meeting.
Weeks before that, he pitched up at an ANC election planning meeting.
At Easter, he arrived at a church Ramaphosa had visited just a few days earlier, saying it was all coincidence. In early February, he rushed off to meet the Zulu king just a few days after a Ramaphosa visit.
All these appearances are to insinuate himself within the ANC and help unseat Ramaphosa through a mini internal revolt.
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