Cii News| September 26, 2012
The African National Congress has rejected accusations that state agencies are used to fight political battles in the wake of charges against Malema and others, the party said in statement.
The accusations were made by the ANC in Limpopo and the ANC Youth League.
Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said it is misleading and seeking to undermine the rule of law and jurisprudence of the country.
The statement denounced any talk that the charges were politically motivated.
“In relation to charges favored against the former member of the ANC we want to state it categorically that the ANC, its President Comrade Jacob Zuma and its leadership have no role in the charges,” it said.
After appearing in court on Wednesday Malema unequivocally expressed that the charges against him were a political plot coming from Zuma.
“He does not want to hear anything. The investigating officers are under pressure. They must just arrest him. ‘What did he do?’ -‘Just arrest him’ (Zuma said),” Malema told a robust crowd.
The ANC noted that they have confidence in our state institutions to discharge their duties without any political motive.
“We believe that these charges will be tested in the court of law given their competency and that anybody appearing in court has a right to defence. It is evident that anybody that suggests the abuse of state powers is trying to water down the implications inherent in the charges and prejudging the case before it has even started,” the statement said.
The ruling party said that accusing the state institutions if being politically motivated was a ‘fundamental insult’.
“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,” it said.Tags: ANC, ANCYL, Jackson Mthembu, Julius Malema, malema