Ironic demand

2008-07-30 00:00

I learnt yesterday that the KwaZulu-Natal provincial council of the South African Communist Party (SACP) had resolved last weekend to ask the government to set up a commission to investigate the “political harassment” of African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the media, certain “key individuals” and the judiciary. It also called again for all charges against Zuma to be dropped. A press briefing by SACP functionaries was critical of the eight-year “fishing expedition” conducted against Zuma by the NPA, cast aspersions on the justice system and proclaimed the intention of the SACP, ANC and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to bring the province to a standstill during Zuma’s court appearance next week. To this irresponsible bombast must be added SACP leader Blade Nizimande’s earlier comment, cited in a reader’s letter yesterday, that the SA Human Rights Commission was behaving like a kangaroo court with regards to the Zuma case.

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