Tebogo Msimanga |
Congress of the People (COPE) says the “disgusting and insensitive” calls from some leaders and members of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal that President Cyril Ramaphosa must consider Presidential pardon for former President Jacob Zuma, is an insult to the more than 300 people who have lost their lives. In June 2021, Zuma was found guilty of contempt of court for failing to appear before the Commission of Enquiry. He was ordered to spend 15 months in prison.
COPE National Spokesperson Dennis Bloem reiterated that a campaign that started as “Free Zuma Campaign” went terribly wrong and resulted in businesses losing billions of rands and thousands of workers lost their jobs.
“ Zuma must blame himself for sitting in prison. He showed disrespect and insulted the Zondo Commission and the Constitutional Court.”
Bloem added that COPE will vehemently oppose such an attempt by anyone, including the President, because such a decision will make a mockery of “our Justice System and can create serious uproar amongst families and inmates in all Correctional Services Centres in the country.”
Bloem further said they will oppose a situation where Zuma will get preferential treatment. “All of us are equal before the law. Nobody is above the law.”