After countless corruption scandals, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma resigned from office last month. Zuma’s former deputy Cyril Ramaphosa has since taken over as interim president and pledged to clean up the country’s politics.
“It is in the interest of the nation that [Jacob Zuma] is answerable for any wrongdoing he is alleged to have committed,” says Thuli Madonsela, who served as South Africa‘s public protector from 2009-2016.
In this role, Madonsela investigated Zuma and is credited for exposing his abuse of public funds.
She also spoke about the African National Congress (ANC), the party that has ruled post-apartheid South Africa since its first democratic elections in 1994.
“If you don’t fear losing power,” says Madonsela, herself a former member of the ANC, “you have no reason to do your best.”
Madonsela says for the country to avoid continued political dysfunction as seen under Zuma, there “has to be some introspection and looking at what is it within the governing party and within our own national, ethical framework that allowed what happened to happen.”
Madonsela’s comments come as South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority plans to announce if they will pursue the 18 charges for more than 700 counts of corruption, money laundering, fraud and racketeering against former president Zuma.
Source: Al Jazeera News