Mmusi Maimane, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, confirmed this week that the Hawks are investigating President Jacob Zuma, following a notification Maimane received over the weekend from head of the Serious Commercial Crimes Unit about the case he opened against Zuma relating to his role in state capture.
Maimane said that the charges were in addition to the 783 charges of corruption which must be reinstituted as per the Supreme Court of Appeal‚ as well as the Nkandla corruption charges he laid in March 2014.
“I will be seeking clarity from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as to the status of these charges‚” Maimane said.
The 783 corruption charges led to a political mudslinging match on Tuesday during Parliament’s annual debate on the 16 days of activism campaign.
The DA’s Denise Robinson was ordered to withdraw a reference to Zuma as “JZ783″‚ but refused‚ saying the phrase was not derogatory‚ and was ordered by Speaker Baleka Mbete to leave the podium and the house. Party chief whip John Steenhuisen attempted to defend her but the party walked out.
Maimane wants to know whether Zuma “and/or his legal team instructed” Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen “to lodge applications to interdict the release of the public protector’s report … due to the specified persons’ alleged relationships with the Gupta family”.
Earlier this month‚ Van Rooyen and Zwane withdrew their High Court applications to prevent the report being made public‚ as did Zuma‚ after four opposition parties challenged their bids.
Zuma is likely to dodge the question‚ as he did in a sitting of Parliament earlier this month‚ by saying he cannot respond as it pertains to a matter before the courts.
Maimane on Tuesday told a public meeting at Ngqurha in Nelson Mandela Bay that he would meet the head of the Serious Commercial Crimes Unit “within the next few days, on his request, as the investigation begins”.