ANC: Charges against Malema not state driven

The African National Congress has noted with concern the accusation by the ANC in Limpopo and the ANC Youth League that state agencies were being used to fight political battles in the wake of charges against former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema and others.

“We reject this accusation with contempt as it is misleading and seeking to undermine the rule of law and jurisprudence of the country. In their statement they have been quoted saying that there are ‘clear indications that abuse of power by the state is again taking place in South Africa,” said ANC national spokesman, Jackson Mthembu in a statement yesterday.

“This suggests that the charges favored against the expelled member of the ANC and four others are politically motivated.  We want to appeal to our structures and to all South Africans to refrain from using inflammatory and unsubstantiated accusations against the ANC and the government agencies,” he said.

Mthembu said in relation to charges favored against the former member of the ANC, the political party wished to state categorically that the ANC, its President, Jacob Zuma, and its leadership had no role in the charges.

“The charges have been preferred by competent institutions that derive from our Constitution.  As the ANC we want to put it on record that we have confidence in our state institutions to discharge their duties without any political motive,” he said.

Mthembu said the party believed that the charges against Malema would be tested in the court of lawand that it the suggestions made relating to the abuse of state powers were attempts to try and water down the implications inherent in the charges and prejudging the case before it has even started.

It would therefore be a fundamental insult to our law enforcement agencies including our courts who are totally independent of government to be accused of being political pawns in the hands of politicians.

“If indeed there is state abuse, the outcome of any case before the court will prove so. The ANC believes that there is no one above the law and that the fight against crime and corruption must be intensified without fear or favor.  If any person claims to be innocent, the courts are the right place to test that. Let us not prejudice a matter that is currently before our courts,” said Mthembu.