The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is being “captured” by US President Donald Trump’s government, claims Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
And, in a tweet posted on Sunday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson believes Justice Minister Ronald Lamola is “presiding over” this capture.
Ndlozi tweeted, “Ronald Lamola, previous Deputy President of the anti-imperialist ANC YL, is now presiding over the imperialist capture of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority by Donald Trump’s United States of America.”
US department to train NPA officials
Ndlozi was reacting to news that officials from US Department of Justice are set to hold two training workshops for NPA officials this week.
Officials from South African Reserve Bank (SARB), South African Revenue Service (SARS), the Financial Services Conduct Authority, and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate will also attend the workshops.
Last week, the US government also announced that it had blacklisted three of the infamous Gupta brothers and their associate Salim Essa.
Lamola later revealed that it was South Africa that had sent a “mutual legal assistance” request to the US and seven other countries.
In a statement, he said, “The interests of justice must not be shackled by any boundary or border and justice must be seen to be done without fear or favour.”
Ndlozi’s followers react
Although Lamola hasn’t responded to Ndlozi’s claim, the latter’s Twitter followers have had plenty to say about it.
Some agreed with him. Sisa Dangeni replied, “The proximity to the US is worrying some. What does the US expect in return – silence from SA on the decimation of the Palestinians in defence of Israel?”
@SheWaseMbo added, “Chief justice articulated it perfectly….there is no free lunch!”
However, others, like @Kay_Gee22 disagreed, “Hahaha the looters are attacking everyone who takes initiative to prosecute corruption.”
“The looters are running scared. I welcome any efforts to capacitate South African law enforcement agencies in the fight against corruption,” added John Baloyi.