Zuma lashes ANC vet­er­ans

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North West pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Dakota Le­goete said no Premier League had in­flu­enced their po­si­tion – re­fer­ring to the pro-Zuma lobby group com­pris­ing pre­miers Supra Muhamapelo in the North West, Ace Ma­gashule in the Free State and David Mabuza in Mpumalanga.

The party called a brief­ing yes­ter­day fol­low­ing its pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) meet­ing, where Mahumapelo – in his ca­pac­ity as North West ANC chair­per­son – was quoted as say­ing that Madon­sela’s re­port was more like “street talk” be­cause it had not been tested in court.

Le­goete said they were call­ing for Zuma and oth­ers im­pli­cated in Madon­sela’s re­port to take it for ju­di­cial review so “they can have reser­va­tion of their rights ... Some peo­ple are com­plain­ing that they were not heard.”

Le­goete said Madon­sela was wrong to dic­tate to Zuma how he should ap­point a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture – and was, “in essence, say­ing” that a com­mis­sion Zuma ap­points “will not be in­de­pen­dent”.

He said the PEC also re­solved that new Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane should “expand her scope of in­ves­ti­ga­tions in re­la­tion to the state cap­ture to in­clude the eco­nomic atroc­i­ties and state loot­ing that hap­pened prior to the 1994 demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion”.

The ANC in the prov­ince threw its sup­port be­hind Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity head Shaun Abra­hams, in the wake of calls for him to re­sign – say­ing such calls were the “op­po­si­tion’s plot to cast doubt on the state or­gans with the hope of a regime change”.

And ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njabulo Nzuza told City Press: “Any­one who says the pres­i­dent will not last un­til De­cem­ber (2017) says so be­cause they are plot­ting some­thing. They are hav­ing se­cret meet­ings to make that hap­pen.”

He said the league be­lieved that the scope of the ju­di­cial in­quiry should be “opened up to in­clude other branches of state”.

“That means we must go fur­ther to in­ves­ti­gate the ex­tent to which the ju­di­ciary it­self is cap­tured. We need to then start go­ing through the ac­counts of some of the judges who are serv­ing in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court and check where their allegiance lies.”

Youth league pres­i­dent Collen Maine agreed: “They must come; we will be there wait­ing for them.”

Maine, who is recorded in Madon­sela’s re­port as hav­ing re­fused to com­ply with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said he was seek­ing le­gal ad­vice and called Madon­sela “a liar”.

He said it was she who did not re­spond to his ques­tion­ing her about why she wanted in­for­ma­tion about his house and salary, given that he was not a govern­ment worker but was em­ployed by the ANC. Maine is also call­ing for Madon­sela to be dis­barred.

The ANC’s anti-Zuma fac­tion will at­tempt to call for Zuma’s head at the fi­nal NEC sit­ting of the year, which takes place at month-end. But the like­li­hood of Zuma’s de­trac­tors hav­ing their way is slim.

ANC Gaut­eng chair­per­son Paul Mashatile said, while the fight against Gord­han’s po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated pros­e­cu­tion was tem­po­rar­ily won, the war had not ended. Mashatile was one of the party lead­ers who at­tended this week’s march in Pre­to­ria in sup­port of civil so­ci­ety group Save SA, along­side se­nior ANC mem­bers, in­clud­ing Max Sisulu and his NEC col­league Derek Hanekom.

“It doesn’t feel good as a mem­ber of the ANC to see what the ANC has be­come,” he said.

“I do not think the fight has been lost. Many peo­ple in the NEC agree that we can­not go on like this. I am sure we will have a ro­bust de­bate in the NEC.”

Solly Phetoe, the deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of labour fed­er­a­tion Cosatu, said those im­pli­cated in Madon­sela’s re­port must face the mu­sic, even if it meant they were in­ves­ti­gated for crim­i­nal con­duct.

Phetoe said Cosatu lead­ers “can­not sup­press or un­der­mine” the de­bate about Zuma’s fate at its next cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, tak­ing place in two weeks. “Ne­hawu [a Cosatu af­fil­i­ate which called for Zuma to re­sign this week] is a con­sti­tu­tional struc­ture of Cosatu. “We can­not ig­nore is­sues they raise. The ANC said it would fight cor­rup­tion, but we are yet to see that,” said Phetoe, re­fer­ring to the Premier League, which he said had “taken over the ANC”.

“It is there in­flu­enc­ing de­ci­sions and has a hand in in­flu­enc­ing de­ci­sions to­gether with the Gup­tas,” he said.

PHOTO: SIYANDA MAYEZA

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