All eyes in South Africa are turned towards former president Jacob Zuma's application to have his corruption charges thrown out. Briefly.co.za asked our readers what they felt the outcome of the trial should be, and received mixed reactions.
One thing is certain, you don't become the President of South Africa without a loyal following, and it seems as if this is something ex-president Jacob Zuma still enjoys today.
Briefly.co.za asked readers what they thought the outcome of the politician's corruption trial should be, to mixed results.
While there were calls for Zuma to face the music for his alleged involvement in the scandal, there were calls for him to be left in peace after all this time.
15 years after being slapped with corruption charges for allegedly accepting bribes from French arms company, Thales, Zuma evidently remains as popular as ever.
Maropeng Molokomme felt that Zuma is a free man, dubbing the trial as a 'result of apartheid anger', despite so much time having passed in between.
Daniel Ramolta called for the 'obsession' with 'our president' to stop, echoing the belief that Zuma has been subjected to uncalled-for media attention in recent times.
Willem Durandt wanted to know how much Zuma paid for 'witchcrafts' every year to keep himself out of jail.
Mborondo German felt that Zuma had 'wasted a lot', saying that the NPA should have put the politician on trial years ago.
Mish Maluka felt that Zuma should be left alone, calling for former president Thabo Mbeki to be arrested instead, indicating that theories that the corruption charges had been politically motivated had indeed taken root in South Africa.
While each person has definitely got their own opinion on the matter, it remains to be seen what the Pietermaritzburg High Court will rule in this regard.
The application to have the charges dismissed will continue throughout this week until Friday, with the trial itself postponed until 15 October.
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