The Congress of the People (Cope) has taken the president’s words against him; saying for not exposing those stealing from the nation, Zuma makes himself an enemy of the people he leads.
Cope said this on Monday pointing out that Zuma has been caught by his own words when “he inadvertently revealed to the nation that he knows those who are stealing the money”.
“How does one explain a President who knows who the criminals are and does not expose them to the proper authorities?” Cope’s Dennis Bloem asked.
Bloem’s comment followed reports that President Jacob Zuma said he isn’t the one stealing from the state coffers, but that he knows those who are- – while admitting that he has done nothing to stop them.
“It’s like those who steal today – they say Zuma steals while they are the worst thieves. They have investigated me all over but they are finding nothing because I’m not doing anything. If they have found anything‚ it would be over [for me]. Those are the thieves and I know they are stealing. I’m just watching them. I know them.” Zuma reportedly said
To this, Cope “calls upon the Hawks to question Zuma about his public confession that he knows those who are stealing the money of the country which is supposed to benefit the poor”.
Bloem’s statement also followed calls from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for Zuma to report corrupt perpetrators or face charges of being aware of corruption and not reporting it himself.
The DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday that if Zuma was to be believed‚ he was enjoined by Section 34(1) and (2) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act to report “those who are stealing” to the police.“For President Zuma to hold onto this information for political reasons undermine the fight against corruption and it makes him an accessory to crime‚” Maimane said.
Added to this, Cope’s Bloem said the nation must be fully aware that they have a friend of criminals as a president. They must also know that crime will never reduce when such a state of affairs prevails.
“We have always said that Zuma has broken his oath of office and that he cannot be the president of this country. He has no respect for the rule of law. Every speech he makes simply confirms this about him.” Said Bloem
The EFF on the other hand said, aside Zuma‚ South African Airways Chairman Dudu Myeni also claimed on Wednesday she had knowledge of who was corrupt and stealing public funds.
“Our law is very clear that if you are aware of crime you must report it‚ including corruption. Thus‚ Jacob Zuma and Dudu Myeni must immediately report the persons who are stealing public funds.
The party’s spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement that it would lay charges against them for having knowledge of crimes committed by top officials and not reporting them.