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Cosatu disappointed by SCA judgment

2012-03-22 17:30

Johannesburg - Cosatu on Thursday said it was disappointed at a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that the NPA must produce the record of its 2009 decision to drop criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

"We condemn the DA for opportunistically using legal procedures to pursue their political agenda, which is to undermine the democratically elected ANC government and its leadership," Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

The trade union federation hoped the courts would not allow themselves to be dragged into the Democratic Alliance's "agenda".

"The federation urges the ANC government not to be diverted from the implementation of its programmes," said Craven.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the National Prosecuting Authority to produce and lodge the record of its decision with the Registrar of the Court within 14 days.

The SCA ruled that the record to be handed over should exclude written representations made on behalf of Zuma, and any consequent memoranda or reports prepared in response, or oral representations, if their production would breach confidentiality agreements.

The SCA judgment also affirmed that a decision to discontinue a prosecution was reviewable by the courts, and that the DA, as a political party, had the legal standing to bring such a review application.

Comments
  • Jadon - 2012-03-22 17:38

    Sure Zuma was elected democratically. But that's not the point you idiots! Was he a legal candidate to stand for nomination as the president of this country? Aha.....

      renaldogouws - 2012-03-22 17:49

      Why is COSATU, A TRADE UNION, so concerned with politics. Why don't they rather focus on why they exist and try and do a better job than what they are currently doing instead of wanting to be a political party.

      Themba - 2012-03-23 07:30

      @remaldogows, please understand that COSATU is still part of the alliance, even though they sometimes to be pulling side-ways, they still are. Allow them to not burn bridges, not just yet...

  • Vivvian - 2012-03-22 17:46

    It is shocking that COSATU who have recently pronounced itself as defender of the poor cannot see the good in the courts upholding constitutional principles of separation of powers and also that no person is above the law. this judgement is victory for the constitution and it restores confidence in the courts. Thank you Helen

  • Kai - 2012-03-22 17:50

    24 hours is a long time in politics, wasn't so long ago that the very same person was was striking and protesting about the anc and their policies such as etolling which now according to this he fully supports ""The federation urges the ANC government not to be diverted from the implementation of its programmes," said Craven."

      Vusi - 2012-03-22 18:03

      I don't believe we should pay much attention to Patrick Craven. He is one very confused old man. But......what you have said Kai is very relevant. The one day Cosatu is marching against the government and the next day aiding and abetting the corruption. I believe this judgement is a major step forward for our country. What did repulse me however was Mac Maharaj's comments again. If there is one man we should stone, then it is Maharaj. I will believe till the day I die, that he was the master architect of turning our freedom into a Grand Theft of state funds. The time has come for us to actually march against the corruption and not just sit here on News24 and moan about it! Shall we start a Fecebook page to promote a real march? Who is in?

      Glyn - 2012-03-22 18:28

      @Vusi - I am in! @ Craven - You are out!

  • Glyn - 2012-03-22 18:06

    @ CRAVEN THE RAVEN - "We condemn the DA for opportunistically using legal procedures to pursue their political agenda, which is to undermine the democratically elected ANC government and its leadership". So you agree with the DA! - They use LEGAL procedures! Not ILLEGAL procedures like some people we know! Undermining a government party is just the DEMOCRATIC way of getting the ruling party out! Have you heard of DEMOCRACY???? Vote DA for DEMOCRACY!!!

  • thabu.pienaar - 2012-03-22 18:06

    Cosatu, how can you be disappointed? Weren't YOU the architect of the anti-corruption campaign? If JZ is clean, there's nothing to worry? If not, that's what you are campaigning for....? Double standards!

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-22 19:54

    What an idiot!

  • Michil - 2012-03-22 21:46

    Patrick Craven, I thought that Cosato is against Corruption and this article makes me think that your guys had also been involved with this deal. The DA is the only party which is fighting corruption and the only party which stands to creating jobs. What did your guys contribution on the job creation, nothing your guys are to involve with politics and had forgot the working class.

  • Saamprater - 2012-03-23 07:35

    Cosatu showing it's true colors then. Can't trust these cANCer stooges to stand for what is right and fair in the common interest of the public.

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