Thousands set to come out and support Jacob Zuma at Zondo Commission

Thousands set to come out and support Jacob Zuma at Zondo Commission

- 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"

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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.

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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.

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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