Cope: “Zuma makes law breaking acceptable”

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 25, 2015

The Congress of the People (Cope) has said that the Pretoria High Court’s findings that government had been involved in the departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, proves that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) under President Jacob Zuma is a “serious threat to our democracy”.

In tabling his ruling yesterday, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo stated that al-Bashir’s rapid departure from the African Union Summit last week was in direct violation of a pending court order against him, and that government had failed to carry out its previous promises of ordering his arrest.

He has given the state time till later today to come up with an affidavit explaining why al-Bashir was allowed to leave the country when the order called for him to remain and face possible handing over to the International Crimes Court (ICC) for genocide in Darfur.

“The ruling of the North Gauteng High Court on the al-Bashir fiasco is extremely damning. We have consistently maintained that President Zuma was directly involved in this illegal and criminal act of wilfully ignoring a lawful court order,” Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said in a statement.

“The cavalier attitude that President Zuma displays towards the law is directly fuelling crime and lawlessness in our country. He makes the breaking of the law acceptable by his example”.

He also stated that Mlambo’s calling for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to investigate the matter should conclude with Zuma being found guilty of showing contempt for the court.

“The NPA must do its work without fear or favour. If President Zuma and the ruling party are not stopped soon, chaos will indeed ensue as the Judge President warned,” Bloem said.