Crisis hits: Zuma supporters run short on funding for transport, food

Crisis hits: Zuma supporters run short on funding for transport, food

Supporters, who had intended to gather outside of the Pietermaritzburg High Court today in support of former president Jacob Zuma, have had to cut things short as organisers admit to a lack of funding.

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Jacob Zuma's appearance in the Pietermaritzburg High Court has drawn fewer supporters than usual, and for good reason.

Organisers have revealed that there was a lack of funding to hire transport and feed supporters, saying that only the last day of the hearing will be attended by followers.

On Monday, when the hearing had begun, 120 buses had come from all over KwaZulu-Natal, bringing with them about 8 000 supporters.

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A supporter told Independent Media that organisers had informed them that there was no money to fund the expedition:

"We will not be at court today as we have been told that there is no money for buses and food for supporters of the former president. We will, however, be back at court on the last day of the case to support him."

This left supporters feeling disappointed, but they remained determined to attend the event when the hearing comes to a conclusion.

Bishop Dube, one of the coordinators, said that they had indeed run into financial difficulties, opting instead to save the few resources they have for Friday:

"We are trying to save costs here as this thing is a logistical nightmare. So if you have to bring 80 buses from Durban and about 40 from here (KZN Midlands), the budget will be high and we basically don't have a budget but rely on sponsors. We don't want to rip off our sponsors."

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