President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma

The statement came after the Congress of the People (COPE) accused Zuma of manipulating the criminal justice system to avoid prosecution.

President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma

COPE said Zuma must answer all of the 700 charges he has tried to wriggle out of through abuse of power and the willing collusion with the whole of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (SACP).

COPE made the accusation following the dismissal of AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s application for a bail extension by the Mthatha High Court.

Citing Dalindyebo’s case, COPE said it wished to remind Zuma that nobody was above the law, and called on Zuma to stop manipulating and damaging the criminal justice system in order to avoid having his day in court.

The Presidency, however, dismissed COPE’s allegations, saying they were a “complete lie and a serious fabrication”.

“Saying the president must answer to some non-existent charges before court in light of the King Dalindyebo matter is opportunistic and mischievous,” said the statement.

Dalindyebo began his 12-year imprisonment Wednesday on charges of arson, assault, and kidnapping in relation to the treatment of some of his subjects.

Dalindyebo,who was found guilty in 2009, has been AbaThembu king since 1989.

The AbaThembu are one of the handful of nations and population groups which speak Xhosa in South Africa. The land in which they live is historically known as Thembuland. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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