Former ANC secretary general Cheryl Carolus says that if she adds up president Jacob Zuma’s legal costs over the past decade, it would well exceed a billion rand.
The ANC stalwart was speaking to EWN in an interview when she said the president was blowing lots of taxpayers’ money on his own legal fees. The good news is that she reckons the actions of the Zumster is dividing the ANC more than he is uniting it. She also feels it is time for the Zuma to take a hike.
Carolus was the ANC deputy secretary general between 1994 and 1997, and served as the acting secretary general of the party between 1997 and 1998. She says Zuma is in fact capable of good judgement but that for now he needs to take a step back.
“He’s asking branches to look at his misdemeanours, and make decisions on his behalf. The biggest problem…is he is abdicating responsibility for his own personal wrongs, and making it a national crisis.”
She said that Zuma is dividing the ANC and the country. “That one individual can divide us – not around policies, not around values, but with misdemeanours that have to do with his own enrichment or benefit – I resent that… That’s why I asked for him to step aside, and I stand by that. He must allow the ANC to re-find its real purpose and stop wasting all our time and taxpayers money defending him,” says Carolus.