2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


ANC TRIES TO INTIMIDATE JUDGE
ON THE MBEWANA TRIAL

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The UDM has taken cognisance of the spurious attempts to intimidate and to apply a gag to Judge Dennis Davis, by the ANC leadership. This is a truly sad day for the history of this Country and it just goes further to illustrate the arrogance of the governing party (ANC), which believes its is the law unto itself.

We will recall that it is the same leadership of the ANC that denigrated and vilified the Police after the arrest of the six of the ANC leadership. 

We are fully aware of the fact that the Judicial Services Commission is dominated by ANC members of Parliament, therefore, Ebrahim Rasool should not insinuate that it has a better moral authority than the courts of this land. The ANC must remember that this is a constitutional country and it should not think for a moment that it could do as the National Party did prior to the 1994 Elections.

The courts of this country need autonomy and should be treated with respect by all the citizens of this country and moreover they should not bow down to any political pressure and the ANC should know that this is not Zimbabwe, where the governing party seems to be above the law. As South Africans we should not allow any room for such chaotic mobocratic and anarchical state of affairs.

It is becoming a habit of the ANC to attack the government institutions, particularly the justice system, whenever the judgement is not in their favour, we therefore say that this blather should come to an end immediately and face the reality. 

We call on the ANC leadership to keep their dirty hands off the court and should allow justice to take its course without the political influence and interference. The ANC should stop jumping the gun. If the ANC has nothing to hide it should as well have nothing to fear and should stop jumping up and down like popcorns.

The UDM encourages Judge Dennis Davis to stand his ground and uphold the independence of the court as he has bravely done despite the inflammatory statements by Ebrahim Rasool that was challenging the Judge's integrity, which was typical of Rasool's naivety as evident in the Nel Barnard saga, where Rasool had to pay him R1 million.

Statement issued by:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

Cape Town
26 October 2000