Malema blamed for NPA's failed case against Zuma
Publish date: 14 May 2018
Issue Number: 773
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
EFF leader Julius Malema, as the former leader of the ANC Youth League, 'led the charge' against the National Prosecuting Authority's original corruption case against Jacob Zuma, a new Institute of Race Relations report says. Titled, Year One: How Julius Malema destroyed the NPA's case against Jacob Zuma in 365 days, the report covers Malema's election as ANCYL president in April 2008 to the NPA's decision to drop all charges against Zuma in April 2009 and all the public statements he made during that period, notes TimesLIVE. Author Gareth van Onselen says the purpose of the report is twofold. 'The first is to demonstrate how Malema led the public charge in a sustained and systematic fashion over 12 months to promote the narrative that the case against Zuma was the product of a political conspiracy with former President Thabo Mbeki at its heart, and to show how, to that end, he helped facilitate and justify to the NPA the destruction of the integrity of the judicial system, the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions) and the ANC itself.' The second purpose, said Van Onselen, was to show how Malema swept the media up with him, 'how rhetorical grandiloquence and blunt demagoguery captured the public imagination while simultaneously destroying debate ... how he drove a conspiratorial fantasy without evidence, and entirely hostile to evidence, reason and logic; and, finally, ... how he established himself as the most poisonous and yet unaccountable leader in the ANC, an immunity he enjoys to this day.' Van Onselen asserts: 'It is a remarkable fact that for all the damage Julius Malema inflicted on the justice system, he suffers no commensurate reputation. An examination of the period April 2008 to April 2009 reveals the extent not only of Malema's contempt for the rule of law, but its representatives.'