President Jacob Zuma has told ANC members he is aware of who is stealing public money and that he is watching them.
According to a report by the Sunday Times, Zuma made the statement while addressing an ANC cadres forum in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.
Zuma said that despite knowing who was stealing public funds, he was not acting on the knowledge.
“It’s like those who steal today – they say Zuma steals while they are the worst thieves. They have investigated me all over but they are finding nothing because I’m not doing anything,” he said.
“If they have found it, it would be over [for me]. Those are the thieves and I know they are stealing. I’m just watching them. I know them.”
Spitting on the constitution
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma was spitting on the constitution by making these statements, according to the report.
“It says the rule of law is irrelevant,” said Maimane.
“Nobody will trust Zuma when he says he will tackle corruption. The reason he does not want to prosecute these people is because they are part of his faction.”
The full report is in the Sunday Times of 20 November 2016.