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ACDP joins Zuma calls
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:01 AM
The African Christian Democratic Party on Monday joined others in
calling for an immediate resumption of ANC president Jacob Zuma's
prosecution on charges of corruption, racketeering, money-laundering
The ACDP supported the Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling, which
vindicated the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to appeal High
Court Judge Chris Nicholson's judgment, spokesman Steve Swart said.
The dark clouds of suspicion over Zuma and doubts as to his fitness
to be president of the nation persisted, albeit that the SCA emphasised
that the ruling did not deal with Zuma's guilt or otherwise.
"This flies against the ANC's commitment to fight crime and
corruption as contained in its manifesto," Swart said.
The SCA ruling was also a severe indictment of Nicholson ?
particularly the finding that Nicholson dealt with irrelevant issues
and that his findings of political interference were not warranted by
the facts and were "incomprehensible".
The SCA stated that while judges were independent, they were bound
by the law and should not deal with matters that did not concern them.
The judgment also exonerated former president Thabo Mbeki, his
cabinet and former ministers of justice Penuell Maduna and Brigitte
Mabandla from the findings of political interference in Zuma's
prosecution, Swart said.
He also urged the ANC, its youth league and alliance partners to
refrain from inflammatory rhetoric against the SCA judges who delivered
and concurred with this judgment.
"They were quick to criticise previous judges who found against Mr
Zuma, even going so far as to call Constitutional Court judges
"We all have a duty to respect and protect the independence of the
judiciary and to refrain from inflammatory statements that threaten our
constitutional democracy and the rule of law," Swart said.