Cape Town – Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils blasted President Jacob Zuma, saying he had not seen certain traits – such as greed – when Zuma was a youngster.
“My biggest critique of him is that he is a crooked leader and has misruled,” he told journalists after an address at Stellenbosch University.
“The country has suffered as a result of his greed. From that point of view, he is the wrong leader. I didn’t see this in him when I knew him as a youngster, maybe this was not there. But certainly it may have been there.”
He said Zuma had abused his power to get rich at the expense of the people.
During his earlier address he said: “I would rather live in a country where the champions of the Washington Consensus, of the IMF, Pravin Gordhan, Trevor Manuel, Cyril Ramaphosa rule, than Jacob Zuma, [Des] Van Rooyen and company.”
He said Gordhan and former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene would not allow Zuma to have the keys to the Treasury.
Kasrils was among prominent members of civil society and anti-apartheid activists who stood on the steps of the Constitutional Court and demanded Zuma resign from office.