Trevor Manuel blames Zuma for weakening state institutions

Trevor Manuel blames Zuma for weakening state institutions

-Trevor Manuel says Jacob Zuma eroded state institutions

- He also said that state capture gave the impression that there were no consequences for breaking the law

- The finance minister also said that Zuma was warned several times about his relationship with the Guptas

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Trevor Manuel has told the Zondo Commission that Jacob Zuma was to blame for the damage down to state institutions.

He said the former president's administration weakened the institutions that were meant to safeguard democracy.

Manuel made the comments after claiming that Fikile Mbalula revealed that Atul Gupta had known he would become sports minister before he did.

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Manuel is the latest high profile government figure to provide testimony to the Zondo Commission. Yesterday, he told the Commission that Zuma had violated the vows made in his oath of office to protect the best interests of the South African people.

He singled out some of the president's dubious appointments of high level officials at Transnet, the police service and SAA as examples of the erosion of institutions. 

Additionally, he said that state capture had a long-term impact on society, claiming that it gave the impression that were no consequences for breaking the law, according to Eyewitness News.

As a result, Manuel blamed government corruption for encouraging crimes at all levels of South African society.

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The former finance minister also said that Zuma was warned repeatedly about his relationship with the Guptas and the allegations of criminal activies against them, but that he proceeded to do business with them anyway.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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