“Modise protecting Ramaphosa over al-Bashir” - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairwoman, Thandi Modise, of “unashamedly” protecting Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, following her decision to bar the asking of any question relating to the sudden departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

According to The Sowetan, the party’s NCOP Member, Jacques Julius, reportedly raised the matter during a questions and answers session yesterday, asking as to why al-Bashir was allowed to leave the country and what steps Ramaphosa, who serves as a special envoy to South Sudan, was going to take after the Pretoria High Court had called for his immediate arrest and handover to the International Crimes Court on charges of genocide in Darfur.

Modise however rejected the question being the answered, stating that the matter was currently under investigation and therefore deemed sub judice.

“The Deputy President squandered an opportunity to start the process of restoring faith in the South Africa’s judicial system and to recommit the country to protecting international human rights and our respect for law,” Julius said in a statement afterwards.

“The Pretoria High Court ruled on the matter earlier this week and embarrassingly found that the state’s failure to comply with the warrant of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court and the obligation to detain al-Bashir was inconsistent with the Constitution. This [ruling] is a deliberate abuse of the sub judice rule and completely incorrect.”

In a similar reaction, DA Leader Mmusi Maimane said that the party had already submitted application to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to have al-Bashir’s departure discussed in Parliament, before labelling Modise’s blocking of the question as a “deliberate ploy” to prevent Ramaphosa from taking accountability for “the wilful miscarriage of justice perpetrated by government.”

“It is clear that the NCOP, like the National Assembly, has had its independence compromised by the ANC’s policy of cadre deployment that serves to shield the Executive from accountability,” Maimane said.

“This event once again illustrates that President Zuma’s government believes itself to be above the law with no respect for the separation of powers, or the separation of party and state”.


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