Publication: Pretoria News Issued: Date: 2004-06-02 Reporter: Jeremy Michaels

ANC Rebukes Trio Over Spat



Pretoria News

Date 2004-06-02


Jeremey Michaels

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As the battle between Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Scorpions boss Bulelani Ngcuka resumes, the African National Congress has issued a stinging rebuke to key leadership figures in its ranks.

Smuts Ngonyama, ANC spokesperson, on Tuesday berated Ngcuka, former Justice Minister Penuell Maduna and Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana for making "ill-considered" statements about each other. In another bruising battle over the Scorpions' corruption investigation into Zuma, Ngcuka and Maduna traded blows with Mushwana, describing him on SABC-TV as having "no backbone".

Mushwana in turn said he would be seeking legal advice on whether he could lay criminal charges against the two for attacking the integrity of his office.

In a statement released on Tuesday following a meeting of its National Working Committee, the ANC "called on all involved to act in a manner befitting their position, and to exercise due respect for these important institutions of state".

"South Africans need to respect the status and function of institutions like the Public Protector and the National Prosecuting Authority, and to allow them to fulfil their mandate without let or hindrance."

Ngcuka and Maduna's attack on Mushwana came after he released a report on his probe into Zuma's complaint that Ngcuka had abused his office by stating there was a "prima facie" case of corruption against him. Mushwana last week urged parliament to take steps against Ngcuka for infringing on Zuma's constitutional right to human dignity.

With acknowledgements to Jeremy Michaels and the Pretoria News.