The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it hopes that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will do its job of being an independent institution and prosecute President Jacob Zuma accordingly.
This is following Zuma’s legal team admission in the Supreme Court of Appeal that the 2009 decision to have the more 270 charges of corruption against him dropped was irrational.
SACP’s first Deputy General Secretary, Solly Mapaila, says as the member of the tripartite alliance they are very disappointed with the African National Congress’ (ANC) leadership thus far. He was delivering the Ahmed Kathrada memorial lecture in Mbombela during weekend.
SACP members from across Mpumalanga gathered to honour the life and times of the late struggle icon, Ahmed Kathrada. The memorial lecture organised by the Phillip Radebe District was a first gathering in this province under the name of Uncle Kathy since he passed on.
Delivering the lecture, Mapaila did not mince words in expressing their disappointment at the alliance led by President Jacob Zuma. He says he hopes that, now that President Zuma has decided not to appeal his prosecution on the more than 700 charges of corruption against him – the ANC will finally release him of his duties.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Neeshan Balton says the late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada died a disappointed member of the ANC, due to the continuing inequality amongst South Africans. He says however there is hope that things will change for the better within the movement.
“He was worried about wealth and income equality in South Africa; it was a big issue for him and that for him was why, when Nkandla happened – it horrified him that somebody could spend so much money on themselves. But he was also horrified when the High Court found our president to have violated his oath of office and you will see in his letter – he says I’ve been a disciplined member and never spoken out but I think today I have to break ranks.”
Mapaila says urgent action must be taken against all Gupta linked companies in South Africa. He says the disaster that has happened at KPMG, symbolises the extent at which State Capture has damaged the country.
“KPMG takes action in London. We have not taken action here. There is action taken against Trillion – 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? That is why comrades that march of Cosatu is important, because it is against corporate capture of the state. There is reason why we can’t take action because our leadership is captured, including President Jacob Zuma,” says Mapaila.
The SACP has committed that it will participate on the planned massive national march against State Capture organised by union federation, Cosatu. It is scheduled to take place towards the end of September.