- Former president Jacob Zuma’s loyal supporters have slammed the NPA’s decision to charge Zuma
- The NPA brought 16 charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering, money laundering and tax fraud against Zuma
- Former ANCYL deputy president Andile Lungisa suggested Zuma’s supporters should act as a shield to keep authorities from arresting Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma still has an incredibly strong and loyal support base in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal and in particular his hometown of Nkandla.
Those loyal to Zuma include the former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) deputy president Andile Lungisa, ANC Nkandla branch chairperson Doctor Bhengu and the MKMVA have pledged their support for Zuma.
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On Friday, the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, announced that the NPA decided to charge Zuma with 16 charges related to fraud, corruption, money laundering, racketeering and tax fraud.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Lungisa said the NPA’s reasons for proceeding with charges against Zuma were part of a plot by his enemies and was nothing more than a fallacy.
Lungisa said there was nothing of substance in the charges and pointed out that a commission of inquiry into the arms deal had found no evidence of wrongdoing against Zuma
"The masses of our people must go to Nkandla to act as shields if they come to take him. If they want to arrest him, they must arrest the masses,” Lungisa said
The former ANCYL leader said he was not calling on Zuma not to go to court, but rather that it was wrong of the NPA to proceed with charges against the former president.
On Sunday Bhengu said the residents of Nkandla were unhappy with Abrahams’ decision to proceed with charges against Zuma.
Both Lungisa and Bhengu said they were confident that Zuma would emerge from the case a free man and cleared of any wrongdoing.
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