Former president Jacob Zuma has thrown his support behind eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, who is currently facing numerous charges relating to tender fraud. Zuma has questioned the motive behind the charges, and says he will show Gumede the same support she showed him over the last decade.
Former president Jacob Zuma has come out in a show of support for eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Gumede had appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court last week to face charges relating to a R208 million tender.
Zuma took to social media platform, Twitter, to share a few words of support for Gumede, including questioning the political motivation for the charges:
"I have sadly learned that Comrade Zandile Gumede has been charged with corruption. I hope it is not politically-motivated and that the state has enough evidence to substantiate this charge. I speak from experience from my own politically-motivated charges."
Zuma, who is also facing corruption related charges, told his 'comrade' that this too shall pass:
"I shall show Comrade Zandile Gumede the same support that she has shown me for the past decade. Be strong my Leader, this too shall pass."
Gumede is currently out on bail to the tune of R50 000, with a date to return to court in early August, reports News24.
Jacob Zuma is facing down 16 charges, ranging from money-laundering to corruption and fraud.
Since word broke of Gumede's trial beginning, there have been numerous calls for her resignation, including from the ANC Youth League, which felt that she should step down in order to focus on the situation at hand.
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