Bathabile Dlamini blames ‘evil white establishment’ for Zuma’s arrest warrant_1

A number of former Cabinet members enjoyed the ride on Jacob Zuma’s gravy-train during his nine-year term as president. But it’s arguable that Bathabile Dlamini – who was given free reign to drive South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) into the ground – was one of his most gleeful allies. It’s then no surprise that the ex-minister has thrown her support behind Msholozi.


Dlamini launched a tirade against the Pietermaritzburg High Court – and Judge Dhaya Pillay in particular – after the legal expert rejected a sick note submitted in his defence during the arms deal corruption trial. Frustrated by the 77-year-old’s repeated no-shows, a warrant of arrest was placed on his head. It comes into effect should Zuma miss the next date in his trial, which is Wednesday 6 May.

Bathabile Dlamini slams ‘white establishment’


Bathabile Dlamini joined the party on Wednesday evening. Speaking in a personal capacity, she slammed an “evil white establishment” for allegedly demonising the ex-leader of South Africa. Her fiery take on the issue is arguably one of the most contentious of the last 48 hours, and even takes a swipe at FW de Klerk.


“The warrant of arrest against Jacob Zuma flies in the face of fairness. It really is a travesty of justice. It’s nothing but a symptom of how black people are disregarded and treated with disdain. Some people want to turn his head into a trophy which feeds their narratives.”
“The evil white establishment will not rest. They need a scapegoat to rewrite history and deflect from our real problems. That scapegoat is Zuma. There is an invisible hand that wants him dead or destroyed. All the while, we have apartheid murders given the red carpet treatment while being invited to speak at conferences.”Bathabile Dlamini

Reaction to Jacob Zuma arrest warrant


Political opponents revelled in the decision, with the DA praising the court for “putting their foot down” on the matter. Msholozi has carved a reputation for himself as a man who can evade justice – appearances in the dock included. However, there have also been murmurs of discontent.


Several Structures of the ANC have issued their displeasure with the judgement. The Mayor of Ekurhuleni said he was prepared “to do jail time” in order to defend Jacob Zuma, and threats of protests have been made by other branches. Zuma himself has reacted by Tweeting a picture of himself holding a rifle.