Rhoda Kadalie
3 minute read
19 Feb 2016
9:00 am

Power corrupts absolutely

Rhoda Kadalie

On taxpayers’ money, Jiba does not have to do real work. Instead, she plots and plans the destruction of Breytenbach.

DA member of parliament Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Valeska Abreu

Remember the DA’s expulsion of Dianne Kohler Barnard for retweeting investigative journalist Paul Kirk’s tweet?

It read: “And so the new head of the Hawks – found to be without integrity and dishonest by the High Court – has suspended ace detective Johan Booysen over a typing error. Please come back PW Botha, you were far more honest than any of these ANC rogues…”

This tweet was meant as irony for the numerous charges brought against KZN’s head of Hawks, Booysen, only to have them dismissed by the courts.

It is only a literalist society such as ours that can deny a seasoned politician her career over a tweet that has become thick with meaning if the NPA’s charges against Glynnis Breytenbach are to be taken seriously.

Stephen Grootes’s account of deputy NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba’s tyranny against Breytenbach makes for a “Kafkaesque” saga as the headline to his February 14 story suggests in the Daily Maverick.

Jiba, Breytenbach’s former colleague, is a political rogue in a class with Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Dudu Myeni and Ellen Tshabalala.

Determined to put Breytenbach out to pasture, she did not care whether she transgressed the law. She is unfit for her job.

The DA’s complaints against her appointment were not off the mark. Married to a former criminal, whose record was expunged by President Jacob Zuma, Jiba has a dubious track record.

Accused of protecting Richard Mdluli and Zuma from possible charges, the madam knows she enjoys the protection of No 1 and, therefore, feels omnipotent, making her vendetta against Breytenbach dangerous.

With race, class and gender on her side, Jiba is a law unto herself. Instead of focusing her prosecution on the criminal activity that crosses our borders via airports, for example, being the handmaiden of the ruling elite is much more fun.

On taxpayers’ money, she does not have to do real work. Instead, she plots and plans the destruction of Breytenbach.

The US’s fourth president, James Madison, warned in the late 1700s of people like her, saying those with power ought not to be trusted.

Within the NPA, we see abuse of power. The institution should be the “check and balance” against government, but tyrannises a former employee who carried out her duties without fear or favour.

Regardless of the emotional and personal intrusions upon Breytenbach’s life as a citizen, Jiba tries every trick in the book to “get her”.

Ubuntu se voet! This is how things were done in exile, in Quattro, and in the camps. If you don’t submit to the “chosen”, they decimate you.

That is why Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu told DA leader Mmusi Maimane to “watch it” for criticising Zuma. If ever an utterance showed how much the ANC felt threatened by a black opposition leader, it was that menacing warning.

That’s the legacy of most cadres. Loyal to the party to a fault, many have ruined these constitutional bodies, leaving with golden handshakes only to be replaced by schmucks.

Never was a bumper sticker more apt: “Democracy is too good to share with everybody!”