SACP turns up the heat

2008-07-28 00:00

The SA Communist Party (SACP) in KZN wants government to set up a commission to investigate the “political harassment” of ANC president Jacob Zuma by the National Prosecuting Authority, the media, key individuals and the judiciary.

This was a key resolution to emerge from the SACP’s provincial council held in Durban at the weekend, which also reaffirmed the party’s earlier call that all charges against Zuma be dropped.

A further resolution was that the state disclose to the country how much public money has been used so far to prosecute Zuma.

On the issue of harassment, the party said the “bad treatment” of Zuma is causing “serious instability in the country and threatens the interest and security of the state”.

At a press briefing, secretary-general Themba Mthembu said the SACP cannot prescribe who should be part of its proposed commission, saying this would have to be discussed by the alliance partners — the ANC, Cosatu and the SACP.

However, he said the SACP is resolute that Zuma has been consistently harassed, and believes that the past eight years of investigation by the NPA amounts to nothing more than a fishing expedition.

Mthembu said there is a mood of anger among the 400 delegates at the provincial council over the Zuma trial.

He said delegates have called on community members to congregate outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on August 4.

James Nxumalo, SACP KZN provincial chairman, said it is still the alliance’s intention to bring the province to a standstill.

“This is to show the country and the world that the ANC, SACP and Cosatu are totally against what is happening to president Zuma. The way he is being handled holds in doubt the justice system. These charges must be dropped and he [Zuma] will become the president of the country come 2009,” he said.

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