Holomisa blasts ANC over Pikoli

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says the suspension of Scorpions boss Vusi Pikoli is a result of the infighting and leadership war taking place in the African National Congress (ANC).

Holomisa said Pikoli was going to be axed and any inquiry into the matter is a "mere formality".

"One is suspicious about this decision. The public's intelligence should not be underestimated, they know that he was the person who was on the verge of taking vital decisions on the arms deal, Jacob Zuma, TRC related prosecutions and the Brett Kebble murder."

Holomisa's comments come a day after Pikoli was suspended with immediate effect after the "irretrievable breakdown in communication" with justice minister Brigitte Mabandla.

He said in statement yesterday that Mbeki's reasons for the suspension were "nonsensical".

"President Mbeki must explain how on earth he can remove the person who must take such important decisions and then cite such flimsy reasons."

Holomisa said the problem with the ANC's deployment policy of appointing cadres to key state positions is that when ruling party infighting becomes "endemic" as it is now, then there is pressure from certain factions to act against certain people who occupy important positions.

"The question is whether President Mbeki satisfied himself that there really is such an "irretrievable breakdown" in the relationship between Pikoli and the minister of justice, or did he simply take one person's side irrespective of the facts?

"When deployed cadres begin to demonstrate independence there are always some sort of accusation, such as rumours that they are spies.

"Increasingly we see that problems in government are a reflection of the ruling party's problems. It is like peeling an onion; peel one layer of apparent government problems and you find another layer of reasons and motivations underneath that are entirely related to ruling party politics."

Holomisa said state institutions were highly politicised now that this scenario had repeated itself several times, in among others intelligence and health.

He said the Scorpions should be allowed to gather intelligence, despite arguments against it.