Publication: Independent Online
Crooks Hide at NPA, Young Communists Claim
Young Communist League (YCL) has accused the National Prosecuting Authority
(NPA) of "hiding crooks who have political
Addressing a crowd of about 1 500 people in Durban
Friday, the KwaZulu-Natal deputy general secretary of the YCL Buthi Manamela
said: "There are crooks hiding in the NPA under the guise of
"These NPA crooks have a political agenda. People factionalised themselves in the
NPA and the ANC for political interests."
Manamela was speaking at the
end of a march called by the Congress of Trade Unions of South Africa
The march down Durbanis West Street was called by Cosatu to
demand that the NPA does not postpone the corruption trial of ANC deputy
president Jacob Zuma.
The state has filed an application to have Zumais
trial and that of French arms manufacturing company Thint postponed. This
application would be argued in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on
Manamela accused the NPA of seeking a postponement in the hope that "comrade Zuma will commit a crime between Monday
"If the case is postponed, it
means the NPA does not have a case against him." *1
was handed over to two representatives from the NPA before marchers
The event was initially cancelled after authorities refused to
grant permission for the march, but they reversed their decision late on
Striking Shoprite workers joined them.
There was a
heavy police presence at the march which disrupted mid-morning traffic. No
incidents of violence or vandalism were reported.
A West Street curtain
shop owner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "We're finished.. We have
the crime and the muggings that keep customers away.
"These marches take
away the little (business) that we have left. I'm fed up."
With acknowledgements to Sapa and Independent Online.
*1 Young Communist logic;
just "no case against him" - forget the five or so relevant application before
the same court judge, the Mauritius matter, the Shaikh appeal and the completion
of the multi-hundred page Bloodhound Report No. 2.