- Both KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala and suspended ANC secretary-general Magashule have thrown their weight behind former president Jacob Zuma
- Zikalala said that he and others in KwaZulu-Natal would stand behind the former president
- Magashule promised to mobilise ANC members and the general public in support of Zuma as he stands trial for corruption
KwaZulu-Natal premier, Sihle Zikalala has come out in full support of former president Jacob Zuma. He said that Zuma would not be alone and that the ANC in KZN is prepared to stand behind Zuma.
The former president enjoyed the support of many ANC members as he faces corruption charges. According to eNCA, Zikalala promised to support Zuma when he goes to trial after his appearance was postponed to later in May.
SABC reported that embattled ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule also voiced his support for Zuma. Magashule has been suspended from the ANC following his refusal to step aside while facing criminal charges.
Magashule was adamant that he would not be banned and promised not to leave the ruling party. He maintained that he would die within the ANC.
Magashule also said that he would mobilise the nation, not just ANC members in support of the former president.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Ace Magashule recently showed up at the Pietermaritzburg Court in KwaZulu-Natal to show support for fellow corruption-accused politician Jacob Zuma, who appeared in court for day one of his corruption trial.
While Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo were there to support Zuma, the usual big crowd seemed to have decided against showing up outside the KZN court, which had been cordoned off by many police officials.
This did not sway Magashule from standing firm in his support for Magashule and was heard telling reporters that Zuma was the president of the ANC and therefore needs to be supported at all times, reports News24.
In other news, former president Jacob Zuma will appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday to defend himself against allegations of accepting bribes during his tenure as MEC in KZN and as the deputy president of the country.
The former president will be standing trial for charges of racketeering, two counts of corruption and 12 counts of fraud. Zuma will be conducting his own legal representation.
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