JZ 783 – Following Zuma’s admission that the decision to drop the 783 charges against him was irrational, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has called on National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to charge the president.
The call for Zuma to be charged was made by SACP first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila, who also urged the NPA to independently deal with the matter and with all fairness too.
The outspoken leader emphatically asserted that since Zuma’s attorneys have admitted that the decision to drop the 783 charges against him was irrational, the SACP has decided to end the backing that it gave to Zuma back in 2005.
Mapaila, who was addressing the SACP’s supporters during a lecture to honor late SACP and ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada in Mbombela, on Sunday, also called on the ANC to remove Zuma from office for putting the country and the tripartite alliance on the bad light.
“The president has now accepted… [at] the Supreme Court of Appeal to agree with the lower court that the preferred charges by the NPA should have been served on him.”
“Now that he has accepted to be charged, we hope the NPA will go ahead and do so. We hope the ANC will do the right thing and remove him according to the new rules,” the SACP leader said.
On the allegations of state capture, Mapaila lamented that nothing has been done by the state to hold the controversial family to account.
He expressed sadness that while other countries have already taken action on the allegations of the state capture, South Africa is yet to do something.
“Action against corruption in this country is being taken somewhere else. The British have taken action against Bell Pottinger and even [removed] them from a professional organization of public relations companies. KPMG takes action in London. We have not taken action here.”
“There’s action taken against Trillian, the Gupta-related company in the US and Germany. We are not taking action here, where the real activities are taking place. What kind of government are we?” he asked.
Founded in 1921, SACP is a partner in the Tripartite Alliance consisting of the African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU).
The tripartite alliance came into being and started working together as a Revolutionary Alliance in early 1990 when political organizations were unbanned.
But in recent times, the communist party and COSATU have been critical of President Zuma’s scandal-plagued government, despite playing pivotal roles in pushing him to power.
Meanwhile, COSATU will be organizing an anti-state capture march on September 27. Members of the public are encouraged to take part in the protest.
“That march of Cosatu is important because it’s a march against corporate capture of the state. The reason we can’t take action is that our leadership is captured, including President Jacob Zuma. We invite all our members to participate in the Cosatu strike,” Mapaila said.