Former President Jacob Zuma recently came to the defence of eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede. Minister Derek Hanekom has since taken him to task over his support of the mayor, warning him that Ramaphosa's ANC is 'very serious' about corruption.
Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has taken former president Jacob Zuma to task over his sign of support for Zandile Gumede.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the eThekwini mayor has been charged with corruption, money laundering and other crimes for her alleged involvement in tender fraud.
Zuma had taken to social media platform, Twitter, to show his support to her, but has since been condemned by the ANC minister, who responded with:
“I hope the former President is not suggesting that this may be politically motivated. Under the leadership of @CyrilRamaphosa we are serious about dealing with corruption. Very serious.”
This came in response to a comment made by Zuma, who had hinted that Gumede may be facing charges as a part of a political conspiracy, similar to the one he claims is at the root of his own corruption 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."
Jacob Zuma is in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today, hopeful that his own corruption charges will be permanently set aside.
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