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Nzimande worried by burglary at Chief Justice's office

By Nathi Olifant | 2017-03-20 10:58:03.0

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture Credit: Gallo Images

The burglary at the office of the Chief Justice points to something sinister‚ according to South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande.

Nzimande weighed in on the country’s social grants saga‚ the burglary and the court ruling invalidating the appointment of Hawks boss appointment Berning Ntlemeza while addressing hundreds of party faithful at the OR Tambo memorial lecture in Umlazi‚ Durban‚ on Sunday.

He condemned the burglary at Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s office in Midrand‚ Johannesburg‚ where 15 computers were stolen on Saturday.

“Let me condemn the burglary at the Chief Justice’s offices. You see‚ this is very suspicious to us as communists. Is this pure crime or there’s more into this? We can’t afford that‚ we don’t know who’s responsible but we hope the police will address this. Because we can’t afford to be seen as making the judiciary appear implicated as well. Yes‚ the judiciary must be transformed but not intimidated.

“These two things are different. So we share the concerns of the Chief Justice in this regard‚” he said.

Entering the fray around the Hawks boss‚ he urged the government not to appeal the court’s decision.

“This past week has not been nice to us as a party. We learnt that Ntlemeza should vacate his position. We agree. Even us have long been suspicious of him‚” he said.

“And we plead with our government to respect and honour the court’s decision and not appeal when there’s no need to do so. We wish there could be no appeal on this matter and that we simply appoint a new head of the Hawks. We lost this case‚” said Nzimande.

He said that the executive arm of government had failed in handling of the SA Social Security Agency grants saga and the court had no choice but to play the role that should have been played by the cabinet.

“The biggest danger we are facing is that of the social grants. We as government‚ we failed to do what we were supposed to do and then the court decides to do what should have been done by the executive of government‚ that is us. I will tell you one thing; it’s dangerous to allow the court to actually play that role but what were they supposed to do?” he asked.

“They had no choice because we did not handle this matter correctly. As the SACP we agree with that judgment. After 12 months this CPS (Cash Paymaster Services) must go‚” said Nzimande.