- Edward Zuma has vowed to wear an ANC shirt to his father’s, Jacob Zuma, trial on Friday
- The ANC issued a directive to members that no ANC colours were to be shown during the trial
- Police Minister Bheki Cele said those who committed crimes should face the courts without the help or support of the ANC
Former president Jacob Zuma’s first court appearance on Friday is likely to be politically charged, this as the ANC has said it would not support Zuma and barred its members from displaying party colours at the trial.
Zuma’s son Edward is currently embroiled in a war of words with Police Minister Bheki Cele about wearing ANC branded clothing to the trial.
Cele who is a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) highlighted the ruling party’s stance about not supporting Zuma during a weekend address in Lamontville. “Nobody owns the ANC. If you commit crimes‚ you must face the charges without calling the ANC to defend you as if when you were stealing‚ you were doing it for the ANC‚ while you were stealing for yourself and your children‚” he said.
Cele said: “Leave the ANC alone, don’t say you were not warned when you don’t want to listen.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Edward hit back at Cele on Tuesday morning and said he would be attending the trial wearing his own ANC shirt.
“I wish to take this opportunity and assist my leader comrade Bheki Cele by putting things into perspective. Firstly‚ the Zuma family‚ we did not mobilise any support nor are we in the business of such. “It is the people of South Africa who correctly believe that they need to support the former president Jacob Zuma as it’s clear that the witch-hunt against JZ is being intensified from all corners and levels,” Edward said.
He added that it would be absurd to deny the people of South Africa with the opportunity to show their support for Jacob Zuma. Edward said people were angry about the ludicrous charges which had been brought against his father.
Edward confirmed that his statement was issued in his personal capacity and not that of the ANC.
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