Zuma warns leaders
Some in the ANC ‘will be implicated if case proceeds’
STOP my prosecution or risk joining me in the dock should my case go on trial.
This is the stern warning former President Jacob Zuma issued to ANC leaders yesterday who he has accused of being behind the corruption charges he is currently facing.
Addressing his supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg high court shortly after the court had reserved judgment in his application for a permanent stay of prosecution, Zuma said evidence that would be presented in court should the case go ahead, will implicate several ANC leaders.
“As we speak, my lawyers submitted a letter containing things that could result in some people being arrested. That letter has names of people saying very wrong things and some people won’t like if it were to be made public.
“However, should my prosecution be stopped then there will be no need for my lawyers to make the contents of the letter public,” he said.
The state had claimed that the letter Zuma was referring to was an internal correspondence between National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials and those of the Hawks about the Zuma case.
However, Zuma told his backers, who came out in large numbers to lend him support, that contents of the letter supported his long-held view that there was political interference in his case.
“I won’t divulge the names now but the letter makes reference to people who should not be involved in the case at all. It is not the first time that this has happened. There is also what is called the Zuma spy tapes where a person who is not part of the law enforcement agencies could be heard saying to investigators: ‘What are you waiting for? You must arrest that Zulu boy before he Former president Jacob Zuma warned his enemies in the ANC that they will be implicated should his corruption case go ahead. PHOTO: CLIVE NDOU goes to the conference,” he said.
The Zuma spy tapes comprise of intercepted communication among the then Scorpions investigators shortly before the ANC 2007 Polokwane presidential conference where Zuma defeated then President Thabo Mbeki.
Zuma has been charged with one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 of fraud.
The charges, which were dropped in 2009 before being reinstated last year, stem from his role in the government’s arms deal in the 90s.
Zuma told his supporters some politicians were out to get him. “They want me to be prosecuted at all costs. “These are the same people who forced me to establish the state capture commission because they thought that scores of witnesses will come forward with evidence against me.
“However, this did not happen. In fact, most of the evidence presented at the commission so far is implicating the very same politicians who wanted me to be prosecuted,” he said.
The state has denied there was any political interference in Zuma’s prosecution. • [email protected]ness.co.za