Zuma allies reveal planned activities ahead of Friday court appearance

Zuma allies reveal planned activities ahead of Friday court appearance

- Bishop Vusi Dube says churches in KwaZulu-Natal would continue to support Jacob Zuma spiritually, but could not support the former president financially

- Bishop Dube is the founder of the eThekwini Community Church International which together with other churches form the National Interfaith Churches of South Africa (NICSA)

- NICA together with BLF, CRA and MKMVA announced their planned activities ahead of Zuma’s second court appearance in Durban on Friday

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Bishop Vusi Dube, the founder of the eThekwini Community Church International, revealed that churches in KwaZulu-Natal would not be able to support former president Jacob Zuma financially, but would continue to support Zuma and his family spiritually.

Dube’s church along with other religious organisations and churches form the National Interfaith Churches of South Africa (NICSA). Dube said the NICSA did not have the capacity to get involved in fundraising.

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“We are not doing any fundraising, we don’t have the capacity…we are not working on that at all. We are supporting the former president and his family spiritually,” he said.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the NICSA together with Black First Land First (BLF), the Commission for Religious Affairs (CRA) and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) briefed the media on Monday on their planned activities ahead of Zuma’s second court appearance on Friday.

This group included BLF leader Andile Mngxitama, MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus and representatives of CRA. The group banded together to create the #HandsOffZuma campaign.

The group will once again hold a night vigil in Durban on Thursday evening at the King Dinuzulu Park starting at 7 pm and will continue through the night until about 7 am on Friday morning.

The group plans to march to the Durban High Court on Friday morning, where they will gather and wait for Zuma to make his appearance and address his supporters.

eNCA.com reported that Zuma will make his second court appearance on Friday in connection with 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering. These charges relate to the infamous 1999 arms deal.

Zuma is accused of receiving bribes in connection with the deal.

The #HandsOffZuma campaigners believe Zuma is being unfairly persecuted for his progressive, pro-poor policies and working against white monopoly capital.

The group also believes the charges against Zuma are politically motivated, which makes it nearly impossible for the former president to receive a fair trial.

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama, a former Zuma basher turned loyalist, said the former president was the intellectual and spiritual leader of radical economic transformation.

National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa secretary-general, Nkosentsha Shezi said black businesses stood behind Zuma because they had not benefitted from his removal from office.

READ ALSO: SACP says Zuma is responsible for backlash against Ramaphosa’s plans

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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