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Popo Molefe: ANC defended Zuma the way Republican Party defends Donald Trump

Former Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) board chairperson Popo Molefe has said the African National Congress (ANC) defended former President Jacob Zuma the way the US Republican Party allegedly does with President Donald Trump.

In his testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry on Monday, Molefe claimed that Trump “flouts the rule of law.” He added that Trump’s Republican Party colleagues supported him during the recent impeachment process “even though they knew he was wrong.”

Molefe said, “And we have seen this here with our own [former] President and all those people representing the ANC in Parliament behaving as if they did not see anything wrong with how public funds were appropriated for personal benefit.

“They defended that position until the courts decided that because you are failing to do what you are supposed to do, we as the courts will tell you what the right thing to do is.”

He was apparently referring to a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling which found that Parliament had failed to hold Zuma accountable for loss of public funds used for security upgrades at his Nkandla residence.

‘Loyal to the ANC’

Molefe also claimed ANC deployees were prepared to defend the ex-President at all costs, adding that many of them were more loyal to the ANC than to the country.

Molefe earlier told the inquiry’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, that he had briefed the ANC’s top 6 officials about alleged corruption at PRASA in 2015.

The officials at the time included Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa as Deputy President, Gwede Mantashe as Secretary-General, Zweli Mkhize as Treasurer-General, Baleka Mbete as Chairperson, and Jessie Duarte as Deputy Secretary-General.

He claimed the officials did not “get back” to him and failed to do something about the corruption allegations. Zondo expressed concern at these claims and vowed to question the officials.

“I want to know what they did about what you told them, not from you, of course, because you told me already that they never came back to you. When they come here, I want to know what they did,” he said.

Earlier this month, Zondo said President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the inquiry on behalf of the ANC towards the end of the year.

“It is going to take some time before he appears. As I have said before, he welcomes the opportunity to come and give evidence before the commission. He said that already in 2018, so he will be coming,” Zondo stated.

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