Jacob Zuma had an exclusive interview with Gupta-owned ANN7 on Monday night, and things went pretty much how you would have expected it to be.
The President on a wide range of subjects, but his take on state capture was the part that got everyone’s attention.
He shot down claims that state capture was real and insisted it was just “propaganda” and that none of the three arms of government – the executive, judiciary and legislature – had been captured.
“When I establish the commission of inquiry, one of the things they will have to clarify [is], ‘what is a state capture?’ Nobody said there are judges or the whole Parliament is captured,” said Zuma.
“It’s all fake and political, just to paint black a particular family and individuals.”
He also spoke on being “poisoned” saying there are people – local, continental and global – who want him dead and who want to ruin South Africa.
“Some people wanted me dead. It was a strong poison and indeed I did go through a difficult time.”
Zuma said that that his legacy will be deiced by South Africans, but said that he did what he can.
“South Africans will themselves look at what happened since I became president. I don’t think I can choose on their behalf. As a cadre, when the organisation gave me this responsibility, I did everything I could within my power and capacity to help implement the policies of the ANC, to help bring the things that I thought needed to be brought.”