ANC ropes in justice head to probe disruption of Zuma lecture

2012-04-11 14:12

The ANC has asked the head of the department of justice and constitutional development in the Western Cape to assist a task team investigating the disruption of a memorial lecture by President Jacob Zuma in February.

In a response to a DA parliamentary question, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe yesterday confirmed that Advocate Hishaam Mohamed was asked “in his private capacity to assist a task team that was formed to investigate the disruption”.

This comes after a February address by Zuma, in which he was meant to pay tribute to the ANC’s second president, Sefako Makgatho, was interrupted by about 300 young people singing pro-Malema songs.

In his response to the parliamentary question, Radebe said the “work and time spent in assisting the task team is of a private nature and is to be conducted during (Mohamed’s) private time (in other words, after official work hours and during weekends)”.

Radebe said Mohamed’s assistance was of an “administrative nature” and would only be for a short period of time.

“It will therefore not affect his performance as public service manager in any way,” said Radebe.

But Dene Smuts, the DA’s justice spokesperson, said she was “dissatisfied” with this explanation.

“Even if he is doing the work in his own private time, it is inappropriate for a public servant in the justice department to be involving himself in party politics,” said Smuts.

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