- ANC interim coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala denies making a statement on social media calling for ANC members to support Jacob Zuma during his upcoming trial
- The statement called on the public to support Zuma when he appears in the Durban High Court next month
- The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal released a statement which said Zikalala would abide by the NEC’s decision not to support Zuma
The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has issued a statement in which its interim coordinator, Sihle Zikalala, distances himself from a statement which called on members of the public to support former president Jacob Zuma during his trial.
The statement ran contrary to an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) directive which stated that the ANC would not support Zuma during his corruption trial. The ANC noted that ANC members were free to support Zuma in their personal capacity, but no ANC colours are to be shown at the trial.
In the statement, the KZN ANC said: "Comrade Zikalala has on several occasions stated categorically that he will abide by the ANC national executive committee decision on the matter."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the original statement which purported to be from Zikalala was issued during a press briefing on Monday. The meeting was arranged by a group of people who called themselves business forum representatives.
Zuma is expected to make his first appearance in the Durban High Court next week to face 16 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering.
Zuma’s former financial advisor and friend, Schabir Shaik has already indicated he would be testifying during the trial. Shaik and Zuma were found to have a ‘generally corrupt relationship’ in 2006.
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