MKMVA Cyril Ramaphosa coup

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MKMVA President slammed for making Ramaphosa ‘coup threat’

The MKMVA’s Kebby Maphatsoe finds himself in hot water this week. While defending Jacob Zuma, he threatened ‘coup action’ against Cyril Ramaphosa.

MKMVA Cyril Ramaphosa coup

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MKMVA President, Kebby Maphatsoe, has been chastised by the DA this week after he hinted that any prosecution against Jacob Zuma could lead to Cyril Ramaphosa being ‘overthrown’ in a coup. During an extraordinary public address, the leader of the ANC’s Military Veterans also believed that any possible arrest of Msholozi could lead to civil unrest.

Zondo, Zuma, and the knock-on effects

Jacob Zuma currently stands on precarious legal ground, after storming out of the State Capture Inquiry two weeks ago. His decision to ditch the Commission was an illegal one, violating a long-standing principle of South African law. The former president now faces criminal charges for his behaviour, but Raymond Zondo has to plan his next move carefully.

There’s not a great deal of hope that Zuma will return to the Inquiry of his own volition. The DCJ is therefore hopeful that the 78-year-old will be compelled to submit further evidence through judicial intervention. However, the ANC is a rather fractured party, and the fault-lines have split the old guard into two camps.

MKMVA blasted for threatening ‘Ramaphosa coup’

There are those desperate to make a clean break from the ‘state capture’ era, and those who are fully willing to ‘protect Jacob Zuma at all costs’. Maphatsoe is definitely part of the latter faction, and he boldly predicted that detaining uBaba would set the wheels in motion for a political coup against Cyril Ramaphosa.

However, Glynnis Breytenbach is less than impressed with this utterance. The Shadow Minister of Justice has condemned the threat of a coup, saying that the work of the State Capture Inquiry must not be undermined by ‘acts of intimidation’.

“In a reaction to the criminal complaint laid against Zuma by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture for his antics last week, the ANC MKMVA issued a warning to the Commission to tread lightly and warned that those who love Zuma might react with ’emotions’ and that this might result in President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘being overthrown’.”

“We condemn these utterances with the strongest contempt, as we will not allow the legitimacy of the Zondo Commission to be undermined by groupings with shallow populist agendas. We cannot allow these disparaging waves of attacks, or acts of intimidation against the Zondo Commission by these pseudo-revolutionaries.”

Glynnis Breytenbach