Zuma warns lead­ers

Some in the ANC ‘will be im­pli­cated if case pro­ceeds’

Weekend Witness - - News - CLIVE NDOU

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

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