Bathabile on Zuma's warrant
Bathabile Dlamini calls arrest warrant against Zuma a travesty of justice
ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini has penned a heated letter in defence of former president Jacob Zuma, calling the warrant of arrest issued against him a travesty of justice.
This after the ANC filed its own media statement, describing Zuma as a law-abiding citizen who has consistently respected the courts.
In her statement, Dlamini said the warrant should be seen for what it was, a tool of intimidation, and continued assault on Zuma, even in his retirement.
"One would be quick to remember that the same judge who issued this highly questionable warrant is the same judge who presided over the negative judgment about a tweet in the Hanekom vs Zuma matter.
"This litany of negative and vindictive judgments against Zuma points to nothing but a personal vendetta against the former president," she added.
On Tuesday, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg issued a warrant of arrest after Zuma failed to appear for the sitting of his fraud and corruption case. His legal team told the court he was too ill to appear.
Judge Dhaya Pillay questioned the strength of the proof presented to the court by Zuma's lawyers, saying it appeared the dates on the document had been altered.
She said Dan Mantsha, acting on Zuma's behalf, could not clarify certain questions that she had.