- Jacob Zuma is set to take the stand at the State Capture Inquiry on Monday
- Thousands of Zuma loyalists are expected to show up in support of the former president
- One of Zuma's supporters said that their backing of Zuma was driven by "comradeship"
Jacob Zuma is set to appear before the Zondo Commission on Monday and thousands of the former president's supporters are expected to turn up.
According to organisers, 5 000 supporters are estimated to be in attendance.
Zuma is perhaps the most highly-anticipated figure to testify before the Inquiry. His testimony is slated to take place over the whole week.
Among them is ANC member Carl Niehaus, who reportedly told Eyewitness News: "This is comradeship; we support him as a former commander-in-chief of our organisation."e of loyalists,, despite the damning allegations against him.
Among them is ANC member Carl Niehaus who reportedly told Eyewitness News: "This is comradeship; we support him as a former commander-in-chief of our organisation."
A common thread expressed by Zuma's supporters is that the former president is being unfairly targeted and that the Zondo Commission is prejudiced against him. Indeed, this is a view that has been advanced by Zuma's own lawyers.
In particular, many Zuma loyalists claim that Zuma is being pursued by the Commission for his alleged attempts to bring about radical economic transformation.
This is a dubious claim at best, as Zuma's presidency saw widespread looting of state funds and several years of bleak economic performance along with growing unemployment.
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