ANC re­bukes Niehaus

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The ANC has raised con­cern about party mem­ber Carl Niehaus and what it calls his at­tempts to “fac­tion­alise rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion [RET] into group­ings”.

This fol­lowed a me­dia brief­ing on Wednesday held by the Gauteng RET Pres­i­dent Zuma Sup­port Group, at which Niehaus gave a mes­sage of sup­port to Zuma. Niehaus took a swing at ANC spokesper­son Pule Mabe for his “hurt­ful words” re­gard­ing Zuma’s ill­ness in an ANC state­ment.

“[Mabe] is­sued a state­ment with the deeply hurt­ful words: ‘If it is true that for­mer pres­i­dent Zuma is ill … sud­denly … the onus to prove that [Zuma] is ill is placed on him,’” Niehaus said.

Niehaus main­tained Zuma was be­ing vilified by the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA). He also ac­cused Judge Dhaya Pillay, who is pre­sid­ing over Zuma’s cor­rup­tion trial in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, of taint­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of the ju­di­ciary and plung­ing it into the po­lit­i­cal arena when she is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for Zuma.

He said the NPA in Zuma’s trial “played pol­i­tics in ques­tion­ing Pres­i­dent Zuma’s ill­ness”.

The ANC hit back. “The ANC … notes with con­cern the con­tin­ued at­tempts to seek to fac­tion­alise rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion into group­ings, and par­tic­u­larly re­cent re­marks at­trib­uted to Carl Niehaus,” Mabe said.

“The ANC calls on its mem­bers to de­sist from us­ing the name of [Zuma] and most re­cently his health con­cerns to stir di­vi­sions. The ANC has never dis­cour­aged any­one, within and out­side its ranks, to sup­port com­rade Zuma dur­ing his court ap­pear­ances, as long as it does not in­ter­fere with the work of the ju­di­ciary and his right to a fair process,” Mabe said.

He added the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis was a call to work to­gether to “get the coun­try back on track”. “It is re­gret­table that these real chal­lenges faced by our people are be­ing used in ways that un­der­mine the unity and im­age of the ANC and its ca­pac­ity to unite the broad­est range of South Africans,” he said. – News24 Wire

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