Meshack Radebe claims that Jacob Zuma has been repeatedly persecuted by people he appointed to power because they simply wish to prove that they are independent of him. The recently-retired deputy-speaker of the KZN Legislature has been a prominent supporter of the former president.
Meshack Radebe claims that the people Jacob Zuma appointed into power have repeatedly persecuted him simply to prove they no longer need him.
Radebe also claims that there is a bid to ensure the former president is ruined financially, adding that the National Prosecution Authority is doing everything it can to ensure a letter, allegedly exposing Thabo Mbeki and former NPA head Bulelani Ngcuka of interference, never sees the light of day.
Commenting on the situation, the former deputy-speaker told IOL News:
"All these people who are now rising against Zuma, including Mogoeng Mogoeng (the country's Chief Justice), are his people, they want to prove a point that they are not beholden to him and are independent people."
The State's refusal to cover the former president's legal fees came as a shock to Radebe, who said that the government had funded apartheid people 'who killed us' during their legal battles.
But Radebe has his own suspicions as to why the State would opt out of covering Zuma's expensive defence:
"They want to see him walking barefooted, they will not rest until they see him dead. However, they will be surprised because we will start a campaign to raise funds for him."
As to why he held his silence until now, Radebe says that his retirement has afforded him the ability to speak his mind with few repercussions:
"Having just taken early retirement from politics, I am now not afraid of speaking my mind against anyone. I have my own home, cattle and I depend on no one for a living."
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