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Ngcuka - Don't blame me

2014-10-05 18:20

Johannesburg - Former national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka on Sunday lashed out at suggestions that his conduct was to blame for the dropping of corruption charges against Jacob Zuma.

"To be direct: the allegation that any conduct on the part of...former Scorpions head [Leonard] McCarthy and I caused, or compelled Mr Mpshe to stop the prosecution of Mr Zuma and Thint is demonstrably false," said Ngcuka in a statement.

Ngcuka issued the statement - the first public comment he has made on the matter since 2009 - in the wake of the public release of the so-called spy tapes.

In 2009, acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe cited the tapes in his decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma; saying that they indicated that there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case against him - apparently linked to the arms deal - could not continue.

The charges were dropped shortly before Zuma was sworn in as president of the country.

Perpetuates lie

Transcripts of the tapes - in which Ngcuka is heard in conversation with McCarthy - were released recently following a court order obtained by the Sunday Times.

In one extract, McCarthy tells Ngcuka that: "Ja you know, Zuma will say we are conspiring against him."

Ngcuka said he was speaking out "with some reluctance" but understood that there was "interest and expectation for me to 'say something or be damned'".

Ngcuka said that the way the content of the tapes, "in some instances" had been interpreted; "perpetuates the lie that either myself or Mr McCarthy were in one way or the other to blame...

"It is disingenuous in the extreme to blame me or Mr McCarthy, as Mr Mpshe and the NPA sought to do, for the fact that the prosecution of the accused in this matter was terminated."

Ngcuka said it was not reasonable to connect the discussions he held about the timing of the prosecution to the decision to drop the charges.

He deemed the reported release by the National Intelligence Agency of "secret and raw intelligence" to Zuma's defence team as "a crime".

Earlier on Sunday, Ngcuka also issued a statement to the Sunday Times newspaper about the same matter.

Comments
  • piet.vanzyl - 2014-10-05 18:25

    The chickens are coming home to roost...slowly but surely the truth (that we new along) will emerge. A rotten ANC defending the indefensible. Let's hope the guilty pay for their wrongs - including Zuma and all his cronies that keep on protecting him

      Andrew Terr - 2014-10-05 19:10

      Wasn't there a song by Shaggy called "It wasn't me?"

      Barry Strydom - 2014-10-06 05:37

      I firmly believe, the corruptions goes a lot deeper than we can imagine. Its not a case of protecting Pres. Zuma, but self preservation. If the Pres gets a day in court, he may just spill the beans. So, keep him out of court.

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2014-10-05 18:46

    This will always come back to haunt you since the day you decided to play a prosecutor and a judge. You charged Shaik with corruption yet you chose not to charge his partner in crime on the guise that while there was a "prima facie case" it was not winnable in court. What was that? Then the learned judge judge Squires asked an appropriate question as to whom Shabir corrupted because he was alone in the dock? It is a logical conclusion that that if there is a corruptor there is a corruptee. Look at your blunder now.

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2014-10-05 18:47

    This will always come back to haunt you since the day you decided to play a prosecutor and a judge. You charged Shaik with corruption yet you chose not to charge his partner in crime on the guise that while there was a "prima facie case" it was not winnable in court. What was that? Then the learned judge judge Squires asked an appropriate question as to whom Shabir corrupted because he was alone in the dock? It is a logical conclusion that that if there is a corruptor there is a corruptee. Look at your blunder now.

  • Drexlar Nanotek Mutant - 2014-10-05 18:53

    The charges must reinstated and Zuma will have to step down and allow the process to unfold in the court of law.

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-10-05 19:08

    Bulelani you are in injury time and now at this late stage you find your voice. Your selective memory lapses turned into selective flashed of excuses. The truth will set you free and bring the giggling president of South Africa to book We want to see him in prison

      Oageng Gaofengwe - 2014-10-05 19:32

      Do you really believe it can be that easy to put Zuma in prison when there are so many dangerous criminals who should be in cells but are walking free because of our justice system?

      amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-10-05 19:58

      The law will deal with him appropriately once we can bypass all obstacles. It would be nice to have Oscar type trial. Obviously we want dangerous criminals behind bars

  • pmalungana - 2014-10-05 19:17

    Why should we not ask ourselves why the president 'name is mentioned in every scandal . Whether the allegations are true or not , the president has been involved in a number of immoral stuff . He had an adulterous affair with Ivin 's daughter , and a child was born . That alone disqualifies him to lead . He needs to live by example

  • Joan Mbele - 2014-10-05 19:18

    Let the rape case start all over again. This man n his crew must pay dearly, big time. ANC was n is corrupt. Whether they scrap e-toll, find Zuma guilty of Nkandla n many many more, its too late for us to forget n forgive cos the damage is done, Sorrry. We have moved on. Weve been fooled by ANC. This 20yrs of " democracy " it was not real. They were interested in power n our votes.i voted for ANC twice in 20yrs cos they were already showing signs of dishonesty.

  • Carven Roux - 2014-10-05 19:20

    We don't blame u but mpheshe and McCarthy are corrupt as well as zuma.

      Hein Whelan - 2014-10-06 08:21

      Mpshe definitely. McCarthy - I don't think so.

  • Tk Ntombela - 2014-10-05 19:21

    u pick the wrong man Zuma will make you busy.Who must we blame then?Fool.

      Oageng Gaofengwe - 2014-10-05 20:00

      Zuma is having a good night'sleep while all those who hate him are having nightmares.Most of these idiots believe what the media says about the president not because they trust the media but because they hate the man.

  • pmalungana - 2014-10-05 19:22

    These other scandals are just additional charges including indifferences such as nepotism and tribalism , u can open any book of criminal law and u can connect him to any office

  • pmalungana - 2014-10-05 19:22

    Any offense fits him

  • Bento Maepa - 2014-10-05 19:34

    This is the time to turn the damn screws on South Africa.

      denise.coates.98 - 2014-10-05 20:12

      He screws anything....

  • Motho Fela - 2014-10-05 19:44

    The day South Africa get a good and non rubbish Leadership, a lots of people will be going to jail for corruption or have to pay a lots. And that will be ANC Leaders most of them. None of them is clean, it is a corrupt organization and nothing else.

  • mica gogome - 2014-10-05 20:12

    I remember while Ncuka was quoted many times saying he has prima facie evidence against Zuma but he won't prosecute him.Ncuka is to blame

      Oageng Gaofengwe - 2014-10-05 20:41

      I fully agree with you.Why does'nt he say who should be blamed?

  • Tux Modise - 2014-10-05 22:22

    this is not swaziland,where king or presidant do as he pleases as if his the only one with family.

  • Justin Afrika - 2014-10-06 00:26

    It is now clear that the only conspiring was between Zuma's lawyer and the NPA.

  • Justin Afrika - 2014-10-06 00:27

    There is clear evidence in two court proceedings of criminal corruption by this slimeball president.

  • Justin Afrika - 2014-10-06 00:31

    And as for his comment that it is not in his Zulu culture to leave a woman unsatisfied, remember that he applied this excuse after having sex with someone raised in his own house as if she was his daughter. Sies man Zuma. Sleazeball.

  • Hell Gate - 2014-10-06 08:35

    All those implicated will turn against each other...The question is who would beat the rest to turn state witness and canvass a plea bargain with the state?

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-10-12 18:27

    But the ANC just cannot stop their stealing!!!!

  • Shane Van Straaten - 2015-03-31 13:39

    Ngcuka was just as corrupt - he was a Mbeki bumchum had had no integrity if Mbeki asked him to send his 7 year old grand daughter to service ANC members Ngcuka would have replied with what shade of lipstick would you prefer on her

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