In a jibe believed to be aimed at former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, Pres. Zuma said it was important to know your enemy.

“They even tape [record] you and play the tapes and tell others what you said about them because you don’t have money to buy recorders. They have everything,” Zuma said at a cadres forum at the Pietermaritzburg city hall.

Although Zuma did not talk about the incident directly, it was believed that Zuma was referring to Madonsela’s recently released private recording of an interview with Zuma and his lawyer Michael Hulley. The recording was made while she was investigating allegations of state capture.


Pres. Zuma said, “They call you to come and have dinner with them meanwhile they are recording you and they ask critical questions. You don’t even know that you are selling yourself out”.

“Then they turn and play it back and say, you can hear whose voice it is. Then you realise how dangerous the comrade is. They have recorded everything you said to them.”

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