Supporters have begun to rally outside of the court where Jacob Zuma will be facing corruption charges. They have gathered to support the ex-president wearing "Zuma for President" shirts.
Surprisingly, Jacob Zuma is still enjoying the loyalty of some supporters. They are rallying behind the ex-president outside of the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Jacob Zuma will be appearing in court today to face 16 charges including fraud, corruption and racketeering.
However, the support is not as strong as it used to be with police and media outnumbering the supporters, some of which can be seen wearing T-shirts reading “Zuma for president”.
”We want him back. He did so much for SA. With him as our president he built us houses, clinics and schools.” Happiness Mthalane said.
“He is innocent and should not face the charges.” said another loyal supporter, Sne Sokela.
“I will support him to the end.” Said Neliswe Ntuli who had travelled from Zuma’s village, Nklandla, to attend.
The women, who were unemployed, said that should the ex-president come back into power, they would be more likely to find work.
The charges Zuma will face today relate to numerous bribes he had allegedly received to shield French company Thales from facing an investigation into a controversial arms deal. The bribes had allegedly been facilitated by Schabir Shaik, former financial adviser to the ex-president.
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