ANC: Malema should not water down charges

2012-09-26 12:56

The ANC has called on its “expelled member” Julius Malema not to “water down” the seriousness of his charges by claiming political interference in his court case.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu released a statement barely an hour after Malema told supporters outside court his charge of money laundering was “not so serious”.

But the Hawks earlier said money laundering was a serious offence carrying a sentence of 15 years.

Mthembu said anybody that suggests the abuse of state powers is trying to water down the implications inherent in the charges and prejudging the case.

He said Malema has “a right to defence” but his charges “will be tested in the court of law given their competency”.

Mthembu said the ANC wanted to state it “categorically” that neither the party nor President Jacob Zuma or any other leaders had a “role in the charges”.

He said: “The charges have been preferred by competent institutions that derive from our Constitution. As the ANC we want to put it on record that we have confidence in our state institutions to discharge their duties without any political motive.”

He called on all those who claimed to have evidence of the abuse of state power or law enforcement agencies to submit the evidence as part of Malema’s defence.

This came after the ANC’s Limpopo leadership and the ANC Youth League in statements this week claimed that Zuma and ministers from his security clusters were behind the charges.

Malema also this morning said the charges were brought as a “publicity stunt” to stop him.

“We want to appeal to our structures and to all South Africans to refrain from using inflammatory and unsubstantiated accusations against the ANC and the government agencies,” Mthembu said.

He said it would be a “fundamental insult to our law enforcement agencies including our courts who are totally independent of government to be accused of being political pawns in the hands of politicians”.

If there was state abuse, “the outcome of any case before the court will prove so”, he said.

Mthembu said the matter, which is currently before court, should not be prejudiced by making pronouncements outside it.

“The ANC believes that there is no one above the law and that the fight against crime and corruption must be intensified without fear or favour,” he said.

“Let’s allow the law to take its course and presume everyone appearing before the courts innocent until proven guilty.”

Malema was released on R10 000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court this morning, and is due to appear again on November 30.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks change 2 for USA clash
Naholo remains under injury cloud
Eddie Jones would consider England job
England in hot water over official approach
Traffic Alerts

It is time to focus on your daily rhythm. Are you putting too much attention on future projects and neglecting the day to more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.