Zuma knew who he hired in Heath

2011-12-10 10:18

In March 2008, the BBC interviewed ­advocate Willem Heath, then a legal adviser to ANC president Jacob Zuma, about the ­corruption case against Zuma.
In the interview, which is freely available on the internet, Heath spoke about a political campaign preventing Zuma from becoming president:
“ Heath: Six, seven years ago an allegation was made that they had the perfect case against him. Then the ideal opportunity was to prosecute him with (Schabir) Shaik, they didn’t do that. Then after Shaik was convicted they said they announced they were going to prosecute him immediately.

Again, that didn’t occur. Now, all of a sudden, after he was elected as president of the ANC, they came to light again with this new indictment. So that’s an indication that they’re not only serious, but the impression is that it lacks the evidence that one would expect they would have.

BBC: But why would they persist with an ­indictment against somebody against whom they have no evidence?

Heath: That’s part of the politics against Zuma. I just believe that it is politically motivated and that the NPA has probably been told or instructed by (Thabo) Mbeki to proceed with the investigation and the prosecution against him.”

Zuma knew Heath and his views before he ­appointed him head of the Special Investigating Unit and before Heath repeated these views to us last week. To suggest otherwise would be a lie.

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