Zikalala: ANC is against crime, but inviting media to arrests is wrong

Zikalala: ANC is against crime, but inviting media to arrests is wrong

- Sihle Zikalala has condemned law enforcement authorities for making a media spectacle out of arrests or raids carried out against politicians

- The KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairperson made the comments during a meeting of the party's branches, with President Cyril Ramaphosa in attendance

- Zikalala's comments follow the highly-publicised raids against embattled former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede

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Sihle Zikalala recently criticised police for inviting the media when they carry out high-profile arrests and raids against politicians.

The SABC reports that the ANC KZN chairperson had condemned authorities during a meeting of ANC branches, with President Cyril Ramaphosa in attendance in eThekwini, home of the embattled former mayor Zandile Gumede.

Briefly.co.za reported that raids carried out against Gumede had made headlines, with allegations abounding that she had violated her bail conditions over confusion surrounding her address.

Zikalala said that, while the ANC was committed to fighting crime, inviting the media along for arrests is wrong:

“The manner in which police conduct themselves – it undermines the way the government and the ANC work. As the ANC, we are fully committed to fighting crime and corruption, but for the police to mobilise TV cameras and go to homes of people is wrong.”

READ ALSO: Former mayor Zandile Gumede's assets seized in Hawks operation

The KZN ANC chair says that it has always been wrong, using former president Jacob Zuma as an example:

“It was wrong even at a time it was done to comrade Zuma, and we even today say it is wrong to conduct themselves in such a manner – regardless who it is directed to. If the police have a case against a person they must arrest, but not to parade their arrests in the media."

Gumede had faced raids in a joint effort between the Hawks and the Asset Forfeiture Unit, which collected R50 million worth of assets from herself and thse co-accused in the tender fraud debacle.

The Durban mayor was arrested on charges of fraud and corruption relating to a R208 million sanitation tender.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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