Former president Jacob Zuma has accused today’s judiciary of singling him out like it was in the apartheid days.
According to Zuma, the attitude of the judges towards him in the democratic dispensation is the “same” as that of the apartheid judiciary when he was a freedom fighter.
In an unsubstantiated claim, Zuma said there were judges who had declared that he would never win a case in any court matter they preside over.
Zuma made these claims in the final episode of season 1 of the Zooming with Zumas show aired on video-streaming platform YouTube.
In an attempt to validate his claims, Zuma went as far as making reference to chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‘s public critiques of the judiciary.
Zuma is due to appear in court on June 23 as the arms deal trial resumes, where he will face charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering, among others.
“Having fought for freedom, democracy and justice, I feel justice at the moment in our country is a problem,” said Zuma.
“It is very scary today that as I face justice I have a feeling which I think is correct that there are certain courts when I appear [before them], or my matter appears, the attitude is the same as it was when I was a freedom fighter during apartheid time.
“Now as a free man during the democratic time, it is almost always a given in the country that if you went to certain courts, Jacob Zuma cannot win a case.
“Some people in the judiciary have unfortunately pronounced that Zuma will never win a case in my court, it is a sad thing that in a free country that you fought for, you must feel you are in the same situation as it were during apartheid.”
A master at playing the victim, Zuma again activated the story about a “conspiracy” against him.
According to him, this agenda to “get me out of the way” included a “hostile” Thuli Madonsela as public protector during his tenure as head of state.
Zuma appointed Madonsela as public protector.