ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu took to Twitter over the weekend to lambaste the leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, for his “attack” on the newly appointed head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), advocate Shamila Batohi.
This comes after Malema told a packed-to-capacity crowd at the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve during the party’s manifesto launch on Saturday: “I’ve got no trust in the newly appointed NPA head. She is very close to Pravin Gordhan.
“She is controlled by a group that is very close to Pravin. They appointed her to protect the crimes of Pravin Gordhan and the cabal of Gordhan and Cyril Ramaphosa.
“The EFF will appoint an independent NPA head who is going to arrest criminals, whether they are EFF criminals [or not].” On Sunday, Mthembu took to Twitter to question what had motivated Malema’s “unprovoked and unprincipled attack” on Batohi.
“Does the looting of VBS by EFF and fear of prosecution explain this arrogance and total stupidity on his part?” Mthembu further questioned, adding: “Dictum of attack as defence.