Family denies Zuma part of hit plot
FORMER president Jacob Zuma’s family has come to his defence against claims linking him to a plan to murder former head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major-General Johan Booysen.
Responding to an allegation in Parliament by opposition MP Dianne Kohler Barnard, Zuma’s nephew Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma laughed off at the claim, saying his uncle would never harm even a fly.
“It is clear that whites want to take over the country. They want to confuse us. I trust that person (Zuma) 100% he would not kill anyone. He does not support murder,” Inkosi Zuma said.
The former president’s spokesperson Vukile Mathaba had not responded to questions e-mailed to him regarding Kohler Barnard’s startling claims by the time of publishing.
The DA MP on Tuesday told Parliament that Zuma and the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial task team members Sihle Zikalala, Super Zuma, and former SA Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni, had met with members of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) in the province to hatch a plot to kill Booysen.
But Inkosi Zuma said Booysen was close to the Zuma family.
“Booysen had visited my homestead in Impendle when I had traditional ceremonies, and we always had fun together.
“However, I don’t know how close he (Booysen) has been to Baba (Zuma), but he visited my family several times,” Inkosi Zuma said.
Booysen said he had been told a while ago that his life was in danger, and that the information he had was that senior ANC politicians had met the MK veterans.
Yesterday Booysen said he had been approached by police and that they were investigating the matter.
“I am taking the necessary precautions. At this juncture the details are being taken care of. As for the denials, I wouldn’t expect them to admit to it,” he said.
Said Myeni: “I must be given time to consult with my lawyers and clear my name as these are lies.
“I had no such meeting. I don’t even know Cornubia. I stay in Richards Bay,” she said.
Zikalala and Super Zuma had also denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action.
Constitutional expert Professor Pierre De Vos said Kohler Barnard could not face legal action for the statement in Parliament because she was protected by parliamentary privilege under Section 58 of the constitution.
“It says cabinet members, deputy ministers and MPs have freedom of speech, and are not liable to civil or criminal procedures, arrest, imprisonment or damages for anything they have said in the National Assembly.
“So they cannot be sued for defamation for anything they said except to ask for the statement to be withdrawn,” he said.
De Vos said people implicated by Kohler Barnard had no legal recourse, but they could only refute what had been said about them.
He said parliamentary privilege was taken from the British tradition to protect MPs from being punished for talking about the king, who was powerful.