- Floyd Shivambu says that Advocate Dali Mpofu is free to represent whoever he wants and is allowed to do so
- This comes after Mpofu was added to former president Jacob Zuma's defence team amidst his corruption trial
- Mzansi social media users were appalled and feel that Dali Mpofu's representation of Zuma is not a good thing
Floyd Shivambu, deputy leader of the EFF, has condemned the criticism levelled at Advocate Dali Mpofu for defending former president Jacob Zuma in court.
Many people were taken aback on Wednesday when it was announced that the former EFF chairman will be joining Zuma's defence team in the weapons deal corruption trial. In the Pietermaritzburg High Court, Mpofu represented Zuma on accusations of corruption and fraud.
In defending Mpofu, Shivambu lambasted critics, claiming that Mpofu may defend anybody he likes.
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"It is Dali Mpofu’s right to legally represent whoever he chooses to represent," said Floyd Shivambu. He’s represented CR17 factions, Thandi Modise, Supra Mahumapelo, Patricia De Lille, Bantu Holomisa’s UDM, Ace Magashule. He’s not doing so on behalf of the EFF. He’s doing it as an advocate SC."
Mzansi social media users reacted on the timeline and some didn't get it at all:
"So where do you draw the line in defending the poor? Zuma belongs to those who stole from the poor. By virtue of your principles, Mpofu has no business defending political thieves."
"He should choose to be a full-time advocate or a member of EFF because surely we are being made fools."
"One thing is guaranteed! The more EFF is running like a Spaza shop, the more EFF will continue to lose votes."
Briefly News previously reported that Zuma maintained his innocence after his court appearance and his criminal case was postponed. Former president Jacob Zuma has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him.
He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday, 26 May 2021. The case was postponed until 19 July where Zuma and his co-accused will face the court again.
Zuma told prosecutors that he was being painted as a corrupt political leader and his critics were not interested in the truth according to The Guardian. Thales, the French arms manufacturer, has also pleaded not guilty in the multi-billion rand arms deal dating back to 1999.
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