Jordan lashes out at Turok hearing

2012-05-05 18:37

But the ANC has offered Turok and Borman a plea bargain.

ANC sources said the party’s prosecutor, Uriel Abrahamse, proposed the plea bargain to drop some charges and have the two senior opponents of the bill plead guilty to others.

Borman was said to be keen to accept the proposal, but veteran Turok rejected it.

Despite City Press attempts to contact him, Turok could not be reached for comment.

Borman declined to comment, saying discussions were still under way.

Jordan’s irritation with the disciplinary decision followed similar criticism by ANC Veterans League president Sandi Sejake, who called the decision “insulting” to the elders and said it “smacks of racism”.

But if the party agreed to Jordan’s proposed “political solution” it would be grist to the mill of expelled former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The league was pushing for a political solution to reinstate Malema. The league accused the ANC of “inconsistent discipline” and letting Turok off the hook might give credence, said an ANC source. “This is the first case after Malema’s and there is no way the officials can let it go. It’s a tactical decision,” said the source.

Hanekom said each case was considered on its own merits and his committee would “do the right thing” with this case.

Although the youth league might be watching Turok’s case with interest, two ANC sources said it was unlikely they would succeed because these cases cannot be compared.

Those sympathising with Turok said the ANC had developed a system of allowing its MPs to abstain from votes that clashed with their conscience.

Turok’s supporters in the ANC said the issue was unnecessarily elevated to the disciplinary committee – it could have been handled by the party’s whippery in Parliament.

– Additional reporting by Carien du Plessis 

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