Zille lambastes Zuma over NPA

2009-12-14 22:58

Cape Town - It is now clear, according to the leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, that President Jacob Zuma has no understanding at all of the concept of the separation of powers that is central to any constitutional democracy.

Zille said on Monday that he believes that all independent institutions of the Constitution are extensions of the ANC-led government departments.

"This approach inevitably leads to the failed state – to cronyism, corruption and criminalisation of the state," a furious Zille said about a statement Zuma made in a radio interview about his appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Public Prosecutions.

"There are many tragic examples of this syndrome on our continent.

"President Zuma's contempt for our Constitution is the clearest possible warning that South Africa will follow the same course unless he is stopped."

Zille's dander was up after she heard he had rejected the notion of the independence of the National Prosecuting Authority – independence that is entrenched in South Africa's Constitution.

Reports to government

She reported: "President Zuma stated this morning (Monday): 'The NPA reports to government. It's not a thing flying in the sky on its own, unconnected. And there are decisions that there would be taken which could have implications, and that's why we've got a department with a political responsibility'."

She declared that by insisting that the NPA report to the government, Zuma has demonstrated the extent of the threat that he and his administration pose to the country's constitutional democracy.

"His reported statements show that South Africa is on the brink of a constitutional crisis in which the central institutions of our Constitution are at grave risk," she said.

 She added that Zuma's radio interview also revealed that there had been a "running debate" between former National Directors of Public Prosecution and the justice department about prosecutorial independence.

"In a proper constitutional democracy this issue is not up for debate," she said.

"The complete independence of the NPA from the ruling party is entrenched in our Constitution. Tampering with this principle amounts to undermining the independence of the criminal justice system, and enabling the ruling party to abuse its power by instituting prosecutions against its political enemies and withdrawing prosecutions against its political friends.

"When justice is dispensed according to the political masters of the day, the protection of the Constitution and the law becomes meaningless.

"This is a perilous position for any country to be in. South Africans must wake up at this eleventh hour."

Read more on:    helen zille  |  jacob zuma  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
 

An uncomfortable election

The latter few weeks of election 2014, have seen South Africans reeling from an assault on their comfort zone when it comes to voting, writes Daniel Silke

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia Lumia 800

The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, ...

From R2395.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.