Consider comment about ANC’s ‘lies’ in context – Mbalula

Henry

Fikile Mbalula, secretary general of the ANC, now says his so-called recognition that the ruling party during ex-pres. Jacob Zuma’s term in parliament when he lied about the Nkandla debacle, “should be viewed in context”.

The secretary-general maintains that at the time the ANC was simply protecting its president’s constitutional right to a proper legal process and that the party never uttered a word in Zuma’s defense after it became clear in court that state resources had indeed been misused.

He says his recent statements during an event in Mpumalanga should also be understood as political rallying rhetoric and polemic.

Mbalula’s explanation follows after he revealed during this event on Sunday: “In defense of our president, we went to parliament and set up an ad hoc committee and said a swimming pool is a pool of fire…”

He referred to the swimming pool that was built at the time at Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. At the time, the swimming pool supposedly had to serve as a water reservoir, should a fire break out. It cost the taxpayers R3.9 million.

However, Mbalula now says that at the time, “as he (Sundag) eloquently argued”, the ANC was obliged to involve the parliamentary structures so that the allegations of corruption against Zuma could be investigated.

“Firstly, we must agree that it was the duty of the organization to fully understand the facts on which the opposition parties based their charges of corruption before he could act,” explains Mbalula in a statement on his social media.

“What is important to emphasize here is that the ANC protected its president by granting the president a proper legal process which was also his right in terms of our Constitution.

“Such a step was precisely to prevent the ANC president from being unfairly overtaken by a hostile opposition.”

Mbalula says he already made it clear on Sunday that the case was decided in the courts “as it was supposed to” happen and that the Constitutional Court finally had the final say.

At the time, the highest court found that state resources had been misused to carry out so-called security renovations at Nkandla.

“After the Constitutional Court made its findings and decision, there was not a peep from the ANC in defense of its president,” Mbalula now assures South Africans.

He then clearly states that the ANC did not use its resources to get involved in any way in the court ruling against the former president.

Mbalula says anyone who understood or interpreted his comments in Mpumalanga as an admission that the ANC assisted, encouraged, helped or tried to help the former president to defraud the state should “have their heads read”.

He also says that the ANC in the case of pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will again protect his president against enemies and unfounded allegations until the allegations can be substantiated in a court of law.

“Should the courts pres. Cyril Ramaphosa found guilty of any misconduct related to Phala-Phala, the ANC stands ready to act fearlessly.”