Customary president slams judges for helping President Cyril Ramaphosa camouflage ‘what on the face of it appear to be bribes got to salvage an interior ANC election’
Customary president Jacob Zuma appears to be like resigned to his destiny, announcing that he modified into waiting to “face the sentence” from the Constitutional Courtroom after his defiance of its repeat to appear before the converse diagram close rate.
In a scathing assertion on Monday evening — whereby he also launched a volley of assaults on rate chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, and broadsided President Cyril Ramaphosa by announcing some judges helped him camouflage “what on the face of it appear to be bribes got to salvage an interior ANC election” — Zuma said that the highest court docket in the land had stripped him of his constitutional rights.
He said many in the judiciary had “prolonged left their constitutional location to join political battles”, and his stance modified into now not undermining the constitution — nonetheless “rather to vindicate it”.
Zuma persisted that, in the course of the rate’s hearing on Monday, an “unprovoked” Zondo “decided to propagate some political propaganda against me”.
“In my absence he and Pretorius SC [the commission’s legal team boss, advocate Paul Pretorius] selected what they have repeatedly sought to close, [to] turn all the narratives against me into proof. In his prolonged-inviting speech, Pretorius SC supplied what Deputy Chief Justice Zondo actually called proof against me. Realising that they had forfeited the alternative to show the proof to me, they did what has become their hallmark at the rate in making submissions to each and every other and participating in politics to impact public idea.
“His [Zondo’s] behavior today fortifies my unravel and belief that he has repeatedly sought to prejudice me. The Deputy Chief Justice concluded by announcing my contempt constitutes grounds for him to scheme the Constitutional Courtroom to sight a sentence.
“Of course he’ll accept it. I’m now not certain that ordinarily that is how contempt court docket cases would initiate, nonetheless I with out a doubt have permitted that Deputy Chief Justice Zondo and due course of and the rules are estranged.
“Now that interestingly my feature in the Commission has attain to an close, I wait to face the sentence to be issued by the Constitutional Courtroom.
“No amount of intimidation or blackmail will swap my location as I firmly believe that we must always serene by no scheme allow for the institution of a judiciary whereby justice, equity and due course of are discretionary and are exclusively preserved for certain litigants and now not others,” he said.
In the 12-page doc, Zuma attacked Zondo for having “displayed questionable judicial integrity, independence and originate-mindedness required in an investigation of this magnitude”.
“I stand by my reservations and that the rate modified into conceptualised as phase of the campaign and subsidized multisectoral collaboration to salvage me from location of enterprise,” said Zuma. He added that the rate’s scheme to the Constitutional Courtroom got here regardless of him taking on review its ruling on his application for Zondo to recuse himself.
“This calculated stratagem modified into to frustrate my chances of even stressful their subpoenas in our courts. The rate clearly ran to sight a licence to act with impunity. I serene persist that there modified into no basis or dispute necessitating the rate to scheme the Constitutional Courtroom and that there modified into no ethical basis for presumption that I’d defy the subpoena. I with out a doubt have already supplied myself to the Commission on two cases when called upon to close so.
“Fed with absolute lies, the Constitutional Courtroom assumed that I or my correct group had threatened that I’d defy or refuse to retort. You entirely have to view the recordsdata of the date of the recusal application to know that my correct group modified into at disaster to indicate a responsible system forward. The submission by the rate that a threat modified into made that I’d defy or refuse to retort is a blatant falsehood fabricated on behalf of the rate and entertained by the judges of the Constitutional Courtroom,” he said.
Zuma also slated the ConCourt’s decision to make a keep repeat against him, announcing this modified into phase of a campaign to “diminish my constitutional simply to scheme courts”.
“The Constitutional Courtroom went further, accepting as a truth, the rate’s submissions that I had a constitutional obligation to story to it (for the wrongdoing). I with out a doubt have adopted the proof of many witnesses at the rate, together with these alleged to have implicated me and elected that none of them had any case of substance against me.
“On the other hand, the rate sought to ship me the least bit charges and on this endeavour is inviting to spoil every rule of justice and equity.
“It’s miles that type of judicial behavior that I state against, now not our rules or our constitution. It’s miles now not the authority of the Constitutional Courtroom that I reject, nonetheless its abuse by just a few judges. It’s miles now not our rules that I defy, nonetheless just a few lawless judges who’ve left their constitutional post for political expediency. I admire the rules and have subjected myself even to its abuse for the previous 20 years. I with out a doubt have supplied myself to the Zondo Commission twice and therefore there modified into no ethical justification for the repeat given by the Constitutional Courtroom. None whatsoever,” said Zuma.
The outdated-fashioned president also grew to become his attention to other folks who’ve slated him for the decision to ignore the Constitutional Courtroom’s ruling.
“The debate has tended to give attention to me, with many suggesting that I regard myself as above the rules or that I close now not recognise our constitution and our rules. They know as well to I close, that is now not the case. Some have argued that if I close now not appear before the Zondo rate I need to be jailed or stripped of presidential benefits or pension.
“Successfully, for the file, I’m the one which prompt that I close now not mind defending myself against the sanction that accompanies my principled stance. 2nd, it’s going to serene naturally please them that, must serene I fail to defend myself before the relevant contempt dialogue board, I will face detention middle time length.
“The suggestion that I’d be enticed with pension and benefits to abandon my principled stance against what I look as bias by just a few in the judiciary, can entirely attain from other folks who believe that money can opt all the pieces. When I joined the ANC and fought for democracy, I did now not close so for money and benefits. This, to me, is a foreign tendency to some of us who’ve been freedom combatants,” he said.
As phase of his missive, Zuma said judges appeared to be concentrating on him and participating in politics — together with benefiting Ramaphosa, who went up against and beat Zuma’s most well-most traditional candidate for the ANC presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in December 2017.
“We sit down with some judges who’ve assisted the incumbent president [Ramaphosa] to camouflage from society what on the face of it appear to be bribes got to salvage an interior ANC election. We sit down with some judges who sealed these recordsdata simply because such recordsdata could simply show that some of them, whereas presiding in our courts, have had their hands stuffed with the proverbial 30 items of silver,” Zuma said.
“I state against our unlit, crimson and inexperienced robes, dressing up some other folks which have prolonged betrayed the constitution and their oath of location of enterprise. It’s miles other folks who allow it and gaze the other system that must close some reflection. You close now not have to like me to close this reflection. It’s miles a range we must make because this nation and our rules will and must outlive Jacob Zuma.
“Finally, I restate that my assertion is no breach of the rules. It’s miles a state against some in the judiciary which have supplied their souls and departed from their oath of location of enterprise. It’s miles my admire for the rules that obliges me to reject the abuse of rules and judicial location of enterprise for political purposes. The rules I admire, its abuse I is now not going to,” he said.