"My father is innocent. This is a witch-hunt" - Edward Zuma

"My father is innocent. This is a witch-hunt" - Edward Zuma

- Zuma is appearing in court on Friday on 16 charges of fraud and corruption

- His son, Edward Zuma, believes his father is innocent and is the victim of a witch-hunt

- Zuma's supporters marched in solidarity and support of the former president before his appearance in the Durban High Court

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Jacob Zuma's son, Edward Zuma, believes his father is innocent of the charges of fraud and corruption, and is the victim of a witch-hunt.

The former president is due to appear in the Durban High Court on Friday to face 16 charges relating to 783 payments made to him before 2004.

Edward is part of the "Defenders of Radical Economic Transformation", a group that has organised a march from the Durban University of Technology's (DUT) Steve Biko campus to Albert Park where a night vigil was held on Thursday evening ahead of Zuma's court appearance.

Zuma allegedly received the payments in connection with the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

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Briefly.co.za learned Edward said his supporters "correctly" believe in his father's innocence.

"They are justified in the manner they are gathering as we all believe that there's a witch-hunt against the former president and it is from all corners and all levels," he said.

Edward said that his father would have nothing to worry about ahead of the court appearance.

"I would want to believe that as an innocent man, he is definitely not worried, though I've not spoken to him for some time."

March coordinator Hlanganani Dlomo said the group had decided to march because Zuma "is the father of radical economic transformation (RET)".

He said as the "Defenders of RET" they were 100% behind Zuma.

"We are defending him because he is the president who introduced and founded RET," Dlomo said, adding that he believes Zuma is innocent.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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