Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane picked a fight with No.1 on Tuesday, when he opened a criminal case against President Jacob Zuma.
Maimane went to the Rosebank Police Station to lay charges against Zuma regarding the Public Protector’s State of Capture report.
Armed with a 13-page affidavit, Maimane spent an hour inside the cop shop making his statement.
This comes after former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, found that Zuma may deliberately have turned a blind eye as the Gupta family allegedly tried to influence his cabinet.
The report implicated several ministers and bosses at state-owned companies in questionable relationships with the family.
Maimane’s spokesperson, Mabine Seabe, says according to the DA, the State of Capture report points to a prima facie criminal case that must be investigated.
“The DA will unravel Jacob Zuma’s criminal network by using all political, legal and parliamentary channels,” he explained.
Maimane says his party will make sure Zuma and those who aided him are held accountable for their “abuse of power to make themselves rich at the expense of the poor”. “We contend that the State Capture Report provides extensive prima facie evidence of corruption undue influence and interference by President Zuma members of the Gupta family and other actors — all to further their own personal interests at the expense of the South African people,” Maimane told reporters outside the station.
“We will make sure Zuma and all those who aid and abet him, are held accountable for their abuse of power to make themselves rich.
“Once a thorough criminal investigation had been conducted into the matter the total count of charges that could eventually be formulated might number in the hundreds with the public protector’s report only scraping the tip of the iceberg.”