- Former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters are using bank accounts linked to the Jacob Zuma foundation to raise funds to transport his supporters to and from court
- Various organisation have asked for donations towards this cause to be deposited into an ABSA bank account
- Zuma is expected to appear in the Durban High Court on Friday on 16 charges linked to the controversial arms deal.
Backers of former president Jacob have started a campaign which aims to raise funds to transport supporters to and from the Durban High Court for his trial. These backers are using bank accounts which are linked to the Jacob Zuma Foundation
The National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa (NafupaSA), Black First Land First (BLF), Amadelangokubona Business Forum, Asidle Sonke Business Forum and National Unemployed People’s Trust have asked for donations to be deposited into an ABSA bank account.
Amadelangokubona deputy president Ntsiki Ncayiyana said the account belonged to the Jacob Zuma Foundation, which Zuma had been using to fund tertiary education fees for underprivileged students.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ncayiyana said the money would be used to pay for busses and taxis to transport supporters of Zuma from across the country to the Durban High Court during the trial.
“We asked to use the trust fund for donations because we wanted an account that had all the paperwork done, so that whoever is in charge of it will be liable for every cent that comes in,” said Ncayiyana.
He revealed that no deposits had yet been received for this cause.
Zuma is expected to appear before Judge Themba Sishi in the Durban High Court on Friday. He will face 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering in connection with the controversial arms deal.
NafupaSA president Muzi Hlengwa said the group would hold a night vigil in Albert Park on Thursday. The group will erect a marquee which will be open to all those who support Zuma.
“Leaders of various religious groups will be praying for Zuma in his difficult time,” he said.
Meanwhile, the department of justice has revealed that seating in the courtroom itself will be limited due to its maximum capacity of 40 people.
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