People peddle lies to discredit Zuma – ANC

2014-10-10 17:42

The ANC is “unfazed” by a report that President Jacob Zuma was part of a broad corruption scheme intended to benefit the party in perpetuity.

“We are unfazed. There is nothing new in the report,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa today.

“This is an old concoction of a campaign that never dies, that seeks to discredit the leadership of the ANC.”

He said the ANC urged anyone with proof of such allegations to come forward.

“People peddle lies in public to drive vindictive agendas against President Zuma. Nothing of credible note has been presented so far.”

Kodwa said the party would be going against its own moral code if it allowed itself to benefit from corruption.

Beeld newspaper reported today that the graft case against Zuma carried “utmost gravity”, and that he was part of a broad corruption scheme intended to benefit the ANC in perpetuity.

The case against Zuma was strong and would also show that the ruling party was meant to be an “eternal beneficiary” in an “extended scheme of corruption”, senior National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Billy Downer, who wanted to prosecute Zuma, wrote in a memorandum in 2009.

The memo was addressed to then acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe, according to the newspaper report.

A month later, Mpshe dropped the corruption charges against Zuma.

Today, Mpshe declined to comment on the report.

“I have no comments until the matter is heard in court,” he said in a text message.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj has yet to respond to e-mailed questions sent to him earlier today.

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