ANC Youth League de­fends Zuma

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE ANC Youth League has come out in de­fence of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and his cab­i­net min­is­ter Des van Rooyen seek­ing an in­ter­dict against for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela over the re­lease of the state cap­ture re­port yes­ter­day.

But fiery, out­spo­ken for­mer ANC MP Vytjie Men­tor also came out guns blazing, ac­cus­ing Zuma of ly­ing and try­ing to frus­trate the coun­try with his court ac­tion.

Men­tor, who chaired the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on pub­lic en­ter­prises in Par­lia­ment for five years, said if Zuma was in­no­cent he would not be run­ning to the courts to try to pre­vent the pub­lic pro­tec­tor from re­leas­ing the re­port.

She said Zuma knew ex­actly what he was do­ing, and was stonewalling the process.

ANCYL spokesman Mlondi Mkhize ac­cused the EFF and the DA of col­lab­o­rat­ing be­cause they wanted to force Zuma out of of­fice.

He said the two par­ties had been work­ing to­gether in Par­lia­ment since 2014, and were re­spon­si­ble for the chaos in the na­tional leg­is­la­ture.

“They col­lab­o­rated even dur­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, where they formed coali­tion gov­ern­ments in the met­ros,” said Mkhize. “We were not sur­prised when they went to court, it was ex­pected of them.”

The DA wanted to dis­credit Zuma at all costs, he charged.

The ANCYL said Zuma has rights and these must be re­spected.

But Men­tor said if Zuma had noth­ing to hide he would have re­sponded to Madon­sela’s ques­tions she sent to him in March this year.

Men­tor is one of those who gave ev­i­dence against Zuma.

EFF leader Julius Malema also con­firmed he made sub­mis­sions to the pub­lic pro­tec­tor on state cap­ture.

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