MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


THE ANC's "POLITICAL SET-UP" AGAINST 
THE IFP AND MR MNCWANGO EXPOSED

May 24, 2005

The IFP is not surprised by the ANC's attack on the High Court of KwaZulu-Natal for upholding Mr Mncwango's appeal, because as the IFP has suspected for some time, the ANC is finally showing proof that the rape charge has been a "political set-up".

According to the Cape Times of yesterday ANC spokesperson Mtholephi Mthimkulu publicly called on the Directorate of National Prosecutions to "relook at the case"; to "come up with a water tight case" and that the High Court "found a loophole to make the appeal fall apart. Thereby the ANC not only demonstrates its contempt for the High Court, but also its own ignorance of the actual High Court judgement and the circumstances of the false rape charge.

Fact of the matter is that the appeal succeeded NOT because of a "loophole", but because the High Court found the complainant's evidence to be "riddled with contradictions and improbabilities" and that some aspects of a certain witness's testimony were "totally destructive of the complainants version, her credibility and her state of mind". The complainant had in fact destroyed her own credibility by asking somebody to lie on her behalf.

The magistrate who convicted Mr Mncwango was also seriously criticised by the High Court for making an "unsubstantiated finding", "contented herself with speculative and contradictory justifications" and "misdirecting" herself in several respects. The High Court also found that the magistrate's rejection of Mr Mncwango's version was "improper, inspired as it was by a number of misdirections" and that the evidence of the complainant was "unsatisfactory" in a number of respects and "unreliable".

The IFP is satisfied that the truth has surfaced in the High Court and that the false rape charge and pack of lies by the complainant have been exposed.

The ANC's "political set-up" has been thoroughly exposed.

Contact:
Mr JH Van Der Merwe, IFP Justice Spokesperson
082 444-4944