The struggle for the soul of the ANC took an unheard of activate Thursday when former president Jacob Zuma introduced a doubtful non-public prosecution in opposition to his successor President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The announcement got here at the eve of the ANC’s fifty fifth optional convention kicking off as of late in Nasrec, Johannesburg. It in an instant raised suspicions that the transfer is every other try to block Ramaphosa from preserving his place as celebration president.
Ramaphosa wasted no time and angrily reacted to Zuma’s summons on Friday morning, labelling it “hopeless” and sub-standard”.
“The summon served to the president is hopelessly sub-standard and demonstrates the absolute disregard of the law,” mentioned Ramaphosa in a commentary.
Ramaphosa mentioned that in step with the Criminal Procedure Act, “A private prosecution can only be instituted after the individual prosecuting has obtained a certificate of non-prosecution”.
Zuma has accused Ramaphosa of failing to behave on state prosecutors Advocate Billy Downer and Andrew Breitenbach following his grievance of alleged fallacious habits in opposition to the pair.
In October, Zuma summoned Downer — a lead prosecutor he’s haplessly making an attempt to take away from his hands deal case — and journalist Karyn Maughan to an ill-fated non-public prosecution.
In a commentary, Zuma’s basis mentioned Ramaphosa will seem on the Johannesburg High Court on 19 January 2023.
Ramaphosa mentioned he does now not intrude within the paintings of the National Prosecuting Authority.
Pulling no punches, Ramaphosa mentioned: “The charges are completely spurious and unfounded.”
He rejected what he termed Zuma’s abuse of personal prosecution “with the utmost contempt”.
Ramaphosa and his allies, together with the likes of outgoing ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe, are specializing in making sure that he keeps his place as ANC president.
If he wins, this may increasingly put him firmly within the seat of energy of the 110-year-old celebration for every other 5 years.
He took over in 2017 after defeating Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was once Zuma’s most popular candidate.