Show of force

2008-08-01 00:00

The ANC and its alliance partners want to bring the country to a standstill when the request of ANC president Jacob Zuma to stay his prosecution begins in the Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg.

A delegation of seven ANC leaders yesterday launched a renewed attack on the integrity of the judiciary, saying it is “part of the plot to deny Zuma the state presidency”.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said that the case against Zuma “must end on Monday”.

Plans to hold marches in support of Zuma in Pietermaritzburg and elsewhere in the country were announced at the same time.

The seven ANC leaders addressed the media at Lanseria Airport outside Johannesburg. Also part of the delegation were ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, treasurer-general Matthews Phosa and Youth League president Julius Malema.

Phosa said people should “immediately stop making pronouncements about the merits of the case against Zuma”.

Mantashe said the state does not have a case against Zuma and that “this case must be closed on Monday”.

The group of leaders said they were not surprised that the appeal court found on Thursday that the National Prosecuting Authority’s seizure of documents belonging to Zuma was legal.

The ANC’s deputy president, Motlanthe, also stood up for Zuma yesterday.

“Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law,” he wrote in ANC Today, quoting from the Constitution, and continued: “Sadly, that has not been the case in the eight-year-long pursuit of Jacob Zuma. He has not enjoyed the right of fair and equal treatment.

“The ANC will therefore vigorously resist any attempts to undermine the collective will of its membership or the freely expressed will of the South African people.”

For full coverage of the trial, read The Witness next week.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.