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Zuma’s Supporters Defied Party Instruction

Collins Ndlovu:

Johannesburg: Despite the instruction from African National Congress (ANC)  to party members who are supporting former president Jacob Zuma not to wear the party regalia, there were a number of people who were dressed in green, gold and black t-shirts including Edward Zuma.

last week Friday saw the former president Jacob Zuma made his first appearance in Duban high court facing 16 corruption charges.

This court appearance by Zuma and the co-accused which is the French Arms company Thint last week witnessed a high number of supporters and also some prominent politicians showing their support for the former head of state.

The ruling party had issued a statement prior to the court proceedings to all members that they must refrain from wearing party’s regalia when they show their support for Jacob Zuma.

It looked like the instruction was widely ignored as many party members were wearing party’s regalia; even Edward Zuma who is also the son of the former president was defiant.

Some analysts argue the defiant by Zuma’s supporters is a test to Cyril Ramaphosa leadership and also those who seem to sympathize with Jacob Zuma. This is evident from some National Executive Members and also Provincial leaders such Faith Muthambi and SIhle Zikalala who expressed their support for Zuma.

It remains unclear whether those who defied the party’s instruction would be disciplined, as the party has yet to make any pronouncement on the issue.

The case has been postponed to the 8 June 2018 as it was requested by the National Prosecuting Authority Advocate Billy Downer SC.





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