CAPE TOWN South Africa
(Xinhua) -- South Africa’s Presidency has
rejected a "misleading and opportunistic" statement issued by a
political party urging President Jacob Zuma to answer to some
charges before court.
The statement came after the Congress
of the People (COPE) accused Zuma of manipulating the criminal
justice system to avoid prosecution.
COPE said Zuma must answer all of the 700 charges he has tried to
wriggle out of through abuse of power and the willing collusion with
the whole of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African
Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade
COPE made the accusation following the dismissal of AbaThembu
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s application for a bail extension by
the Mthatha High Court.
Citing Dalindyebo’s case, COPE said it wished to remind Zuma that
nobody was above the law, and called on Zuma to stop manipulating
and damaging the criminal justice system in order to avoid having
his day in court.
The Presidency, however, dismissed COPE’s allegations, saying
they were a "complete lie and a serious fabrication".
"Saying the president must answer to some non-existent charges
before court in light of the King Dalindyebo matter is opportunistic
and mischievous," said the statement.
Dalindyebo began his 12-year imprisonment Wednesday on charges of
arson, assault, and kidnapping in relation to the treatment of some
of his subjects.
Dalindyebo,who was found guilty in 2009, has been AbaThembu king
The AbaThembu are one of the handful of nations and population
groups which speak Xhosa in South Africa. The land in which they
live is historically known as Thembuland.
Final report on South Africa
controversial arms deal submitted
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday received the final
report on a controversial arms deal that has haunted South Africa’s
politics and Zuma himself for years.
The report was submitted in Durban by Judge Willie Seriti who
heads the Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence
Procurement Packages (SDPP), commonly known as the Arms Deal
Commission, the presidency said in a statement.
The commission completed its public hearings and other processes
in June, and completed the report writing phase in December.
It then submitted the report to the president a day before the
deadline, said the statement.
Zuma expressed his gratitude to Seriti and all members of the
commission for the work done in ensuring the successful conclusion
of the work.
The commission was established by Zuma in September 2011 to
investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or
irregularity in the arms procurement process.
The commission is investigating the multi-billion-rand arms deal
of the late 1990s, when Thabo Mbeki was deputy president and later
The arms deal, initially estimated to cost 43 million rands, or
about 2.83 million U. S. dollars, is believed to have escalated to
billions of dollars to buy military equipment from Europe.
It is estimated that up to about 72 million dollars in bribes was
Although several officials have been convicted for allegedly
taking bribes to help land contracts, there have been calls to hunt
some others off the hook.
Those convicted included Zuma’s former financial adviser Schabir
Shaik, who had a tender to supply part of the arms requirements.
Shaik allegedly was found to have facilitated a bribe for Zuma
who was then the Deputy President from a French arms company, which
was part of the deal.
Zuma has denied connection with corruption in the deal.