Thuli Madonsela Urges South Africans to Reject Jacob Zuma Over Gupta Ties: “He Sold SA”

Thuli Madonsela Urges South Africans to Reject Jacob Zuma Over Gupta Ties: “He Sold SA”

  • Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called on South Africans not to vote corrupt officials back into power in this year's elections
  • Mandosela has asked for citizens to be wise as they head to the polls and consider the corruption scandals linked to the candidate
  • She affirmed that if the likes of former president Jacob Zuma were to be brought back to public office, they would bring the country to total collapse

Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. With degrees in Journalism and International Politics, she delved into the intricacies of political landscapes at The Citizen newspaper, African News Network, and Newzroom Afrika. Pillay has also completed a training course from Google News Initiative.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has asked South Africans to vote wisely.
Thuli Madonsela has called on citizens to think before they vote for Jacob Zuma. Images: @ThuliMadonsela3 and Getty Images/Sean Gallup.
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Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela warned South Africans not to vote for corrupt politicians in next month's general elections.

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Thuli Madonsela issues warning

According to eNCA, Madonsela says if the likes of former president Jacob Zuma were to be brought back to public office, they'd bring the country to total collapse.

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She says South Africans must know that Zuma sold the country to the Guptas.

Madonsela added:

"The people of South Africa shouldn't forget that because if he does come back into power, he won't do that just; he will finish that job."

Zuma and the Gupta family

The Gupta brothers have become symbols of corruption during Jacob Zuma's nearly nine-year presidency in South Africa. They are accused of leveraging their close ties with Zuma and business connections with his son, Duduzane, to manipulate Cabinet appointments and unlawfully obtain lucrative state contracts worth billions.

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Following pressure from the ruling party, Zuma resigned in early 2018, prompting the Guptas to flee to Dubai. They faced corruption charges in 2018, and although two were arrested in Dubai in 2022, they were released as the court denied their extradition to South Africa for trial.

Mzansi weighs in

As South Africans head to the polls, many are divided on which party they should vote for. Many share the same sentiments as the former public protector, while others say it was a smear campaign.

Here are some of the reactions:

@Siwakhile Prigozhin Nogaga asked:

"How come we still have South Africa though? Which part exactly that was sold?"

@Xolani Dlamini praised:

"We start with your notice that the is a public protector. You did a good job without fear; big up, Sisi Thuli."

@Nkululeko Nyati Fakade Maguga shared:

"Yes, ma'am, I agree with you. He did. Now he wants people to vote for him to regain Guptaz."

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@Sifiso Ernest commented:

"Better by the Gupta compere Robbert Stellenbosch."

@Millicent Bucie said:

"At least we didn't have Stage 8 loadshedding."

@Moses Nemisioni expressed:

"Worse president we ever had in SA."

@PiweBaloyi explained:

"One thing: Fosho Zuma left office while petrol was about R11-R12 rand. He has a good train system and working at Eskom. My vote for him."

@Sporo Lukhele commented:

"It's unfair to single out Zuma when he had a sea of AC MPs helping, protecting and egging him on."

Ronald Lamola to appeal UAE’s decision

In a related story, Briefly News reported that the Gupta brothers, Rajesh and Atul, will not be extradited from the UAE to South Africa.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said his department would appeal the Arab nation's decision to dismiss SA's application.

Questions have arisen about whether the brothers are even in detention in the UAE after reportedly being seen in Switzerland in March.

Source: Briefly News

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