Lekota brushes off 'ignorant' criticism

2012-10-25 21:08

Johannesburg - The ANC spokesperson's criticism of a call for the impeachment of President Jacob Zuma showed his ignorance about the Constitution, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Thursday.

"Members of opposition in legislatures, in particular, are obliged to hold the president accountable in ensuring that he respect and safeguard his oath of office and provisions of the Constitution," Lekota said in a statement.

"My call for impeachment of the president has to do with the fact that the [he] has failed to lead the executive to fulfil the ruling of the judiciary."

Lekota told MPs on Tuesday that the president's office had, on Friday, "defied an order, by the Supreme Court of Appeal, to hand over the abbreviated transcripts of the tapes that permitted criminal charges to be dropped or withdrawn against himself".

He was referring to the refusal to release transcripts of the secret recordings which were the basis of the decision to drop corruption, fraud and racketeering charges against Zuma in early 2009.

Lekota called for impeachment procedures to be instituted against Zuma for his defying a lawful judicial order.

African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu called Lekota's call "disingenuous".

"His statement is consistent with his personal hatred for President Zuma," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

Mthembu called the Congress of the People an anti-Zuma party with no political programme.

Lekota said his call for impeachment was made in the political arena.

"[It is] not romance, even if it is spring-time," he said.

If Zuma was inclined to champion the Constitution, he would have instructed his lawyer to obey the judicial order.

"If there was no wrongdoing on his part there can be no criminal charges against him," said Lekota.

"The suspicion is now mounting that the tapes do not exist and the 300 criminal charges should, therefore, stand."

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-25 21:19

    Lekota is absolutely right in his call for impeachment, the only reason why it do not happen is the majority that the ANC holds in government. Unfortunately for the ANC this will only lead to the opposition taking the matter further in court and then they will win the case there and after there are no more excuses for the ANC to dish out they will to play there hand it it will either so that they believe and prescribe to the law or it will show that they think they are above the law. Either way there will be consequences!

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-25 21:20

    I agree with Lekota on this one.

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-25 22:29

      He has my full support.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-25 21:25

    Go get him!

  • bryan.culross - 2012-10-25 21:29

    Now Zuma the COWARD is running

      kseyffert - 2012-10-26 02:44

      I don't think so Bryan. The ANC is just too arrogant. They honestly believe they are too strong so they will just stand there and shout loudly until the people believe them. The proof, Zuma is president. In any other country, a man with his track record would have been kept very, very far away from the reins of power. No, I think this will all blow over again and the ANC will just go on messing up one piece of legislation after another without learning a thing.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-26 10:27

      Zuma the cowardly criminal

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-25 21:31

    viva lekota viva! take him down,shower man wa sokodisha!

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  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-10-25 21:40

    mthembu must go to alcohol anonymous showerman must hand over the tapes or else a warrant of arrest should b issued. That would save us from a 2nd term

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-25 21:42

    At last somebody has brain function!!!

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-10-25 21:53

    JZ is harrassing Zapiro with a lawsuit but now the shoe is on the other foot!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-25 22:03

    It takes some doing to stand up for what is right in this country. I applaud you Lekota....hope you find support for impeaching Zuma....he really should not be in such a prestigious position as S.A President with all the cases he has against him...rather than people belittle Lekota, for talking out...let them rather point a finger at Zuma, for his corrupt ways. COME ON LET'S SUPPORT LEKOTA WITH THIS IMPEACHMENT. "It's shocking to witness those doing wrong....but it'a much worse if you do nothing about it.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-26 02:12

      Zuma is an absolute embarrassment to South Africa! I FULLY SUPPORT LEKOTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-25 22:11

    "A Nation of SHEEP will soon have a Government of WOLVES" -Edward.R. Murrow

      ntobeko.mduduzi - 2012-10-30 19:37

      if this is a nation of sheeps do you also include yourself?

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-10-25 22:56

    Let me explain this simple logic. when you submit evidence in a court of law, the evidence remains property of the state after the case is concluded! Do the Math!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-26 02:09

    Go Mosiuoa Lekota go! Shut up Jackson Mthembu shut up!

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-10-26 07:31

    MR Lekota uzuma nguThixo walapha emhlabeni

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-26 07:34

    There is indeed a very good chance that these so called spy tapes do not exist. The content should be made public so that we can draw our own conclusions.

  • petr.valcik1 - 2012-10-26 08:13

    I agree - Lekota was well within his rights to say what he did. That's what democracy is about.

  • stephen.grant.186 - 2012-10-26 09:17

    Zuma Laywer should be Jailed for comtempt of court. The court ordered him to hand over the tapes and he failed to file papers and also failed to hand over the tapes. Simple even to those of us who are not legal experts. After a nice 30 day holiday I sure he will see the error of his ways and hand over the tapes.

      ntobeko.mduduzi - 2012-10-30 19:32

      forget it sir zuma will never get arrested there is no evidence which proves him to be guilty. these are just assumptions and perception of people. mbeki tried and failed, it is lekota's turn now bt i'm afraid that he too wont make it.

  • mpangiso.zulu - 2012-10-30 16:47

    i think lekota must atleast let in anc or merge cope

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