Shuf­fle: SACP gripe to be probed

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of In­tel­li­gence, Setl­homa­maru Din­twe, has promised to probe the com­plaint lodged by the SACP against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on the so-called in­tel­li­gence re­port that led to the ax­ing of Pravin Gord­han as fi­nance min­is­ter.

This fol­lowed con­fir­ma­tion by SACP first deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary Solly Ma­paila that he had filed an af­fi­davit with Din­twe against Zuma.

The SACP was left in­fu­ri­ated that Zuma had de­nied in court pa­pers an in­tel­li­gence re­port was used to jus­tify the sack­ing of Gord­han and the reshuf­fling of his cab­i­net in March.

Le­gal ad­viser to Din­twe, ad­vo­cate Jay Naidoo, con­firmed yes­ter­day they would probe the com­plaint by the SACP.

How­ever, she would not com­mit to dead­lines.

“The in­spec­tor-gen­eral con­firms that he is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint lodged by the SACP con­cern­ing the so-called in­tel­li­gence re­port,” said Naidoo.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing and as a re­sult there is no re­port as yet. He will com­mu­ni­cate duly once a re­port has been is­sued,” she said.

Zuma has been un­der fire in re­cent times over state cap­ture and leaked emails.

The SACP has de­cided to con­test elec­tions on its own in fu­ture.

How­ever, it would have a spe­cial con­fer­ence next year af­ter the ANC’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber to de­cide on the way for­ward.

The SACP also said it would not be in op­po­si­tion to the ANC when it con­tests the elec­tions.

The party has pre­vented Zuma from ad­dress­ing its mem­bers af­ter its call for him to re­sign.

This was the same po­si­tion taken by Cosatu a few months ago af­ter Zuma was booed and pre­vented from ad­dress­ing the May Day rally in Man­gaung.

Zuma was taken to court by the op­po­si­tion on his cab­i­net reshuf­fle.

But in the court pa­pers, he has not men­tioned the is­sue of the in­tel­li­gence re­port and said the op­po­si­tion must pro­duce it.

Ma­paila said they be­lieve Zuma was not telling them the truth on this re­port and the SACP has de­cided to com­plain to the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence.

Din­twe as­sumed his job a few months ago af­ter he was rec­om­mended by Par­lia­ment in Novem­ber and Zuma ap­proved his ap­point­ment in March.

The po­si­tion had been va­cant for some time af­ter the term of of­fice of his pre­de­ces­sor, ad­vo­cate Faith Radebe, came to an end. She was ap­pointed South Africa’s am­bas­sador to Swe­den in Septem­ber 2015 af­ter she left the po­si­tion of in­spec­tor­gen­eral in March of that year.

The wran­gle among par­ties in Par­lia­ment over the po­si­tion caused the post to be va­cant for two years un­til all par­ties agreed on Din­twe.

They be­lieve Zuma was not telling the truth on this re­port

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