- ‘Year One: How Julius Malema destroyed the NPA’s case against Jacob Zuma in 365 days’, is a new report by the Institute of Race Relations
- The report looks at the role played by then ANCYL president Julius Malema in destroying the NPA’s case against Jacob Zuma
- The spans a year between Malema’s election as ANCYL president in April 2008 to the NPA withdrawing charges against Zuma in April 2009
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has published a new report entitled ‘Year One: How Julius Malema destroyed the NPA’s case against Jacob Zuma in 365 days’. The report looks at the role played Julius Malema in destroying the NPA’s case against Jacob Zuma and doing lasting damage to the justice system.
The report covers the year between Malema’s election as the president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in April 2008 to the NPA withdrawing the charges against Jacob Zuma in April 2009.
The report was written by the IRR’s head of Politics and Governance, Gareth van Onselen, and is told using Malema’s own words gathered through more than 2,000 news stories which covered the period.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Van Onselen said the report served a dual purpose, the first is to show how Malema led the public the narrative which aimed to show that the charges against Zuma was a political ploy by Thabo Mbeki to destroy Zuma.
It also shows how Malema helped facilitate and justify to the NPA the destruction of the integrity of the judicial system‚ the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions) and the ANC itself.
The second purpose of the report is to show how Malema managed to sweep the media up in his rhetoric and thereby captured the public imagination.
The report also shows how Malema’s rhetorical grandiloquence and blunt demagoguery destroyed any notion of open debate about the subject and how he managed to promote conspiracies without evidence.
Van Onselen writes: "It is a remarkable fact that for all the damage Julius Malema inflicted on the justice system‚ he suffers no commensurate reputation. An examination of the period April 2008 – April 2009 reveals the extent not only of Malema’s contempt for the rule of law‚ but its representatives."
Van Onselen admits Malema was not alone in his charge to defend Zuma, but he led the charge, and defined the tone and message of the assault on the media and the public.
The report concludes that as a result of Malema’s actions, South Africa’s justice system is only just returning to the level at which it operated at in April 2008.
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