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ANC & SACP Withhold Support for Zuma As Corruption Trial Looms

Collins Ndlovu 

Johannesburg: Just days before Former President Jacob Zuma appears in court, the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) issued statements ahead of Court Trials pending against Zuma, saying it will keep a distance from being involved into the matter.

The ANC will not support former president Jacob Zuma in his upcoming corruption trial, but party’s members can as long as they don’t wear party’s regalia.

Some analysts argue this is a very different approach from Zuma’s rape trial, as well as initial attempts to lay corruption charges against him, in which he received overwhelming support from ANC structures, with many calling the charges politically motivated.

ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said the party noted the corruption charges against Zuma and through its spokesperson Pule Mabe issued a statement to party structures to distance themselves from the trial.

Speaking outside the home of fallen ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela Mandela, SACP Secretary General Blade Nzimande said they will not be attending the court appearance.

While some argue that he still has support from fractured ANC in KZN which has since been dissolved and replaced by members of two factions led by Mike Mabuyakhulu as Convener and Sinhle Zikalala as co-coordinator.

During Easter holiday Sinhle Zikalala accompanied former president Jacob Zuma when he attended and addressed congregants at a Durban church.

While some religious leaders and business forums in KwaZulu-Natal have vowed to support Jacob Zuma and night vigil is to take place before he makes his court appearance.

 

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