Former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has been condemned by the SA Communist Party for holding on to its general secretary Blade Nzimande. The actions of the former president is believed to have been because Blade Nzimande led and sustained accusations on Mbeki that he was involved in a political conspiracy against President Jacob Zuma.
Mbeki argued in one of his weekly letters on Friday that he never tried to interfere with the criminal justice system in order to frustrate Zuma’s future political ambitions during Zuma’s tenure as his deputy.
In 2003, African National Congress (ANC)‘s former president, Thabo Mbeki, offered Jacob Zuma millions requesting that he resign following an announcement by former NPA head, Bulelani Ngcuka, that there was a probable legal case against Zuma. This was revealed in papers filed by Zuma’s lawyer, Micheal Hulley, which was published by the Mail & Guardian.
Hulley said in the documents:
It is correct that Mbeki asked Zuma to resign prior to the Ngcuka announcement in 2003.
The same thing reoccurred in 2005. However, according to the lawyer, Zuma refused to resign and therefore informed Mbeki and the former minister of justice, Penuell Maduna, that his understanding was that there was no official case against him.
In September 2008, Judge Chris Nicholson set aside the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to re-institute corruption charges against Zuma, citing political conspiracy.
In his letter, the former president detailed how alliance leaders, with particular reference to Nzimande, used Nicholson’s judgment to advance their view about him having a hand in pushing of charges against Zuma by the NPA.
This celebration of the Nicholson judgment by Nzimande, [journalist Ranjeni] Munusamy and others was occasioned by both his ruling that the NPA attempt to re-institute charges against president of the ANC, Jacob Zuma, was invalid and the conclusion he reached that the NPA actions were driven by political interventions hostile to President Zuma.
In their reply to Mbeki’s letter, the SACP branded his letter as the self-centred rantings of a bitter person distanced from his organisation.
The party said it has not withdrawn from its celebrations of the court judgment which fingered Mbeki in political conspiracy against Zuma. SACP made it clear in a statement that Mbeki will not make them isolate the party’s general secretary.
The party said:
In no particular manner shall the SACP allow Mbeki’s factional attempts to isolate its general secretary. Comrade Blade Nzimande was correctly representing the party’s positions.
Mbeki was further challenged by the SACP to deny their claims that he repeatedly requested for Zuma to resign amidst promises of millions of Rand in return, in 2003 and 2005 respectively, on which Zuma turned him down.