- In a statement Zuma claimed that some judges received bribes from the CR17 campaign
- EFF leader Julius Malema, in his SONA response, said they could not ignore allegations that seemed to be true that prominent members of the judiciary were on the payroll of white capitalists
The allegations made South African former President Jacob Zuma in his recent statement that some judges we s were in the CR17 payroll has made Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) president Julius Malema to put much pressure on Cyril Ramaphosa calling for a probe of the CR17 campaign.
This comes after former president Jacob Zuma’s decision to not appear at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is thickening where he made damning allegations that there were judges in South Africa on the payroll of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Earlier this week, Zuma refused to obey a Constitutional Court order which compelled him to appear before the commission this week, from Monday to Friday. In a letter from his attorneys on Monday, he said these judges were paid by Ramaphosa to discredit and tarnish his name.
In a statement Zuma claimed that some judges received bribes from the CR17 campaign. “We sit with some judges who have assisted the incumbent president to hide from society what on the face of it seem to be bribes obtained in order to win an internal ANC election. We sit with some judges who sealed those records simply because such records may reveal that some of them, while presiding in our courts, have had their hands filled with the proverbial 30 pieces of silver. I take this stance (not to participate in the commission) because I believe that judges should never become agents of ruling classes in society,” Reads the statement.
He said he was grateful to “many comrades” who have sought to hear his side of the story and have understood his frustration.
“I am grateful for their support and their courage to stand with me rather than to appease, at my expense, those who seek to control our economy, judiciary and our country,” he said.
Zuma’s son, Edward, told IOL news that they were unmoved by the commission’s decision to seek a term of imprisonment for Zuma if he is found to have been in contempt of court.
Edward Zuma said the fight against his father had been waged for 18 years, and that it had been fought using different forces in the country and abroad. He said the commission had all the time and resources to take the matter to all the existing courts, but that would not make them change their decision.
“Some judges have been bought to tarnish my father’s name and, if I’m wrong about that, why then can’t the CR17 campaign documents and its bank statements be made public? There’s some reluctance to do so because those involved know they will be giving away the names of all the judges who are on their payroll to discredit the former president. This campaign against my father involves even foreign agencies. We are not prepared to be convinced by any structure or individual to change our view, and stand on this matter because already the ConCourt is clearly biased against the former president,” he said.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, in his State of the Nation Address response, said they could not ignore allegations that seemed to be true that prominent members of the judiciary were on the payroll of white capitalists.
Malema said they could not ignore that some members of the judiciary had allegedly received bribes through the State Security Agency’s Project Justice, and also from the alleged bribes from the Cyril Ramaphosa campaign.
“Mr President, we cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand regarding the growing and now believable allegation that some prominent members… of the judiciary are in the payroll of white capitalists establishment. We cannot ignore the allegations that some of the judges have received bribes through SSA’s project justice as well as from CR17 donations which by all standards and measures amounted to massive corruption, money laundering and racketeering. The judiciary must know that they are not above the constitution. They are judges, not Gods,” Malema.