When we saw Jacob Zuma throw his support behind ex-SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane on Tuesday, eyes were rolling into the back of many heads. The gruesome twosome were reunited, this time in a battle to get Moyane his old job back.
However, it’s not what Zuma said about his old buddy that’s been turning heads, but rather something he said about his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Jacob Zuma on Cyril Ramaphosa’s state capture knowledge
In an affidavit Zuma filed in support of Moyane, he doesn’t just detail a character reference. He ends with something akin to a bombshell. His final point suggests that Cyril knew about “most important decisions made by the presidency”. Here is the full text of the concluding paragraph:
“Finally, I wish to confirm that at all material times hereto, President Ramaphosa diligently served as my Deputy President and he would have been familiar with most important and relevant decisions made by the cabinet or the presidency.
I trust that my input and confirmation of the President’s allegations will be of assistance to the court.” – Jacob Zuma’s affidavit, submitted to ConCourt on 20 November 2018.
Zuma has just filed in an affidavit to assist Tom Moyane who was recently fired by Ramaphosa. This is gonna spill more bins and the tremors will be felt at the #statecaptureinquiry pic.twitter.com/YkFTMCuCvl
— White Man Confession (@ConfessionWhite) November 20, 2018
What the affidavit says about Ramaphosa
The subtext is about as subtle as a punch in the face. It’s a loud declaration of “if I’m going down, you’re coming with me.” Zuma’s words suggest that any deals he did with the Guptas or dodgy deals facilitated in government would, more often than not, have been on Ramaphosa’s radar.
It’s a damning account from Msholozi, and it certainly calls into question Cyril’s go-to defence of “I was unaware” – something that’s become a favourite of his over the years.
On Tuesday, Julius Malema proclaimed that Ramaphosa is in the same WhatsApp group as the Guptas and Jacob Zuma. Based on this sworn affidavit, he may not be a million miles away.