ANCYL calls Simelane 'a rented dog'
Johannesburg - The ANC reprimanded its Northern Cape youth league on Tuesday for calling chief prosecutor Menzi Simelane a "rented dog of a political conspiracy" after the arrest of politician John Block.
"Not only is the ANCYL of the Northern Cape out of line for rubbishing the state security agencies and the courts of law, but should also publicly apologise to Advocate Simelane for calling him 'a rented dog of a political conspiracy'," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
Simelane is prosecuting Block and eight others on charges of tender fraud worth R112m related to the purchase of water purification equipment, allegedly at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.
Block, the leader of the ANC in the Northern Cape, was applying for bail in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
The ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape issued a statement on Monday, saying its provincial executive committee had "analysed" the charges and concluded there was no prima facie case against Block, who is also the provincial MEC for finance, economic development and tourism.
It said the charges were brought by "the private army of Menzi Simelane and others".
Simelane, who is the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), is prosecuting the case against Block himself.
The youth league further said: "The conduct of the national director of public prosecutions leaves much to be desired and in fact we are compelled to believe that he is not the only rented dog of a political conspiracy against our leader."
But Mthembu said the national ANC "strongly condemns the rubbishing" of Simelane.
"There is no truth in the assertion by the ANCYL leadership in the Northern Cape that organs of state security like the NPA and Hawks have been set up to operate as private armies of individual or groupings, other than putting the security interests of the country first.
"We, therefore, wish to reaffirm our full confidence in Advocate Simelane and the Hawks for having carried out their work with diligence and without fear or favour," said Mthembu.