- Former president Jacob Zuma is facing a court battle following the NPA's decision to prosecute
- His legal fees paid by government have already cost millions, but Nafupa-SA says they will raise money for his defence
- The association says that their decision is not politically motivated, but rather inspired by Zuma's stance on radical economic transformation
The National Funeral Practitioners Association of SA (Nafupa-SA) will assist former president Jacob Zuma by launching a tour campaign to raise funds to foot his legal bill.
Nafupa-SA recently hosted a gala dinner to honour Jacob Zuma for reviving radical economic transformation and promoting expropriation of land without compensation.
Briefly.co.za understands Nafupa-SA describes itself as a “funeral association representing the majority of the black and previously disadvantaged funeral businesses”.
Nafupa-SA president Muzi Hlengwa said they could not allow “Msholozi to fall victim to wild dogs – because we strongly believe that he is being attacked solely for advocating radical economic transformation and land expropriation.
“We are busy planning a national tour whereby we will take Msholozi to all nine provinces to ensure the people of South Africa that he is 100% for radical economic transformation and he has our support. We’re still at a planning stage,” he said.
However, Hlengwa was quick to emphasise that their support for Zuma should not be viewed as political.
“Remember there are political implications around this thing. So we are very careful on how to do things ... we don’t want to be viewed as political and people who support Msholozi because we were his faction. The majority of us are not even members of the ANC. We would have supported – even it was Thabo Mbeki – if he had said ‘radical economic transformation’.”
National director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams, announced on Friday that corruption charges relating to a multi-million-rand government arms deal from the 1990s will be reinstated against Zuma.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the state had spent R15.3-million in fighting Zuma’s “spy tapes” litigation alone, but legal fees over the past 12 years have already cost taxpayers R32.4-million, according to parliamentary answers.
Ramaphosa said Zuma is willing to pay back the funds after an agreement signed in “good faith” stated that any government funds spent on his court cases would be repaid if Zuma lost the case.
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