Cựu lãnh đạo cơ quan lập pháp Nam Phi bị bắt vì tội tham nhũng

vấn đề pháp lý của Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula khiến Đảng Đại hội Dân tộc Phi cầm quyền gặp phải một trong những điểm yếu lớn nhất - cáo buộc tham nhũng - trước cuộc bầu cử quốc gia quan trọng

The lawmaker who resigned as the leader of South Africa’s top house of Parliament this week was arrested on Thursday on charges that she had taken bribes in her earlier role as defense minister (giữ chức bộ trưởng quốc phòng).

The arrest of the lawmaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, followed a tense, weekslong standoff with law enforcement officials over a corruption case that has dealt a blow to the governing African National Congress two months before a critical national election (cuộc bầu cử quốc gia quan trọng).

A.N.C. leaders have faced a litany of corruption allegations (loạt cáo buộc tham nhũng) over the years that have ignited public furor as the country and many of its citizens struggle economically. Most notably, investigators found that Jacob Zuma, a former president of the party and the nation, oversaw the widespread looting of state coffers (cướp kho bạc nhà nước) to enrich himself, his family and his friends.

The police raided her home last month. After the raid, she filed an application in court making the unusual demand that prosecutors turn over their evidence to her before her arrest, arguing that their case was weak.

In a court affidavit challenging her arrest, Ms. Mapisa-Nqakula said that prosecutors were abusing their powers for political purposes (mục đích chính trị), as the apartheid-era government did. She feared, she said, “that this practice has once again reared its ugly head and, if not stopped, carries the real risk of further fraying the constitutional fabric of our young democracy.”

source: nytimes,

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