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Canaan Mdletshe

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With only a week to go before ANC president Jacob Zuma appears in the Pietermaritzburg high court on corruption charges, the ANC and its partners in the eThekwini region have promised to wage an all-out war against the Scorpions if Zuma is not acquitted.

On September 12 Judge Chris Nicholson will hand down his ruling on Zuma's application to have the decision to prosecute him declared unlawful.

The region has organised protests in and around Durban in the run-up to the hearing, including sit-ins at courts, to call for the withdrawal of charges against the man who could be the country's next president.

Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho warned that they would not hesitate to "kill" the Scorpions if they continued "biting the wrong people".

"If the Scorpions bite the wrong people we will kill them," Luzipho said. "Like a dog when it starts biting relatives at your home. You get rid of it. We will do the same to the Scorpions."

The eThekwini region of the ANC held marches to 16 different police stations around Durban, where they sent similar messages on Friday.

The marches will continue this week when party members picket outside more than 10 magistrate's courts. This will be followed by protests at national prosecuting authorities' offices a week later.

Luzipho said the NPA said they were ready to prosecute Zuma in February but it was already August, which indicated they did not have any criminal case against him.

He said if the Scorpions were doing an excellent job, why had not one of them died protecting ordinary people, like members of the SAPS.

"How many members of the Scorpions have died in the line of duty?" he asked.

Last week KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala called on the ANC not to intimidate the courts during the campaign to have the charges against Zuma withdrawn.


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