Ace Magashule says South Africa still needs former president Jacob Zuma

Ace Magashule says South Africa still needs former president Jacob Zuma

- Ace Magashule has praised former president Jacob Zuma

- Magashule described Zuma's presidency as "wonderful" and said that the country still needed him

- The two appeared together at a campaign event in Durban

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ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule says that South Africa still needs Jacob Zuma.

He made the comments in Lamontville, Durban on Friday.

Magashule was campaigning in the area alongside Zuma ahead next week's election.

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Magashule said that Zuma's presidency had been "wonderful" for the country. He also led the crowd in singing "long live President Zuma, long live President Ramaphosa".

He also denied suggestions that Zuma was not campaigning on behalf of the ANC. He said that Zuma merely missed certain campaign stops in KwaZulu-Natal as he was in Gauteng at the time, according to The Citizen.

Both Magashule and Zuma have been accused of corruption. Zuma presided over the country during a time of extensive state looting, while Magashule has been accused of handing out dubious tenders while he was Free State premier.

Journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh alleges in his book Gangster State that Magashule profited unlawfully by taking a cut out of these tenders. 

Magashule has denied the corruption allegations made against him.

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Magashule's comments in praise of Zuma come after he made controversial at another ANC event on Saturday. He claimed that certain "state organs" had bugged his phone in order to spy on him.

Ramaphosa has denied his suggestions, has gathered.

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