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
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.
Mr JH Van Der Merwe, IFP Justice Spokesperson