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'This is not the democracy we fought for'

Judge Yacoob says he first joined the ANC during the struggle in 1967, and that the party has now changed.

Former justice of the Constitutional Court, Zak Yacoob. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob says it hurts him to see the African National Congress (ANC) and its leadership behaving in the way they are.

Yacoob has also confirmed that he believes President Jacob Zuma is not honest.

He spoke over the weekend at a dinner arranged to show support for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, after the hawks tried to force him to make a warning statement.

Judge Yacoob says he first joined the ANC during the struggle in 1967, and that the party has now changed.

"It hurts me a great deal, but I don't think this is the democracy that all of us fought for. It's hurtful to see where the organisation is going and what the president is doing. I hope that one day he will listen to some advice and stop it."

He says the pain cuts deep.

"It's like a former member of the family being disappointed by bad conduct on behalf of a senior member of the family who should be respected."

Yacoob also says he hopes that President Zuma will one day change his behaviour.