- The ANC Youth League has condemned Judge Dhaya Pillay for issuing a warrant of arrest for Jacob Zuma
- The group is adamant the former president has been facing persecution for years, with the state failing to make anything stick
- This comes in stark contrast to the ANC's earlier statement on the controversial issue
The ANC Youth League has responded to the warrant of arrest issued against former president Jacob Zuma with disgust.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC itself had released a neutral statement calling on the public to have patience as the proceedings play out, adamant Msholozi is a law-abiding citizen.
But the Youth League was far more forceful in a statement on the High Court decision:
"The ANC NYTT has noted with disgust the warrant of arrest issued against former president Cde Jacob Zuma. Reports state that judge Dhaya Pillay rejected the sick note for Military 1 Hospital, stating that she issue the warrant of arrest against President Zuma. This warrant of arrest is nothing but the continuous vilification that former president continues to be subjected to in this country."
The statement went on to accuse the state of failing to produce tangible evidence against Zuma:
"For more than a decade, the state has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the former president is guilty of any crime. Refusal of the sick note for Cde Zuma is proof enough that there is a mission to destroy what is left of him and his dignity."
The ANCYL is adamant the warrant serves as a test to South Africans, warning against it:
"The warrant of arrest simply stands as a test to the people and we warn the judiciary and it's friends. Do not threaten the peace of our country. Do not threaten the patience of our people. If you start fire, you are bound to see flames."
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