- The ANC has issued a statement in response to the warrant of arrest issued against Jacob Zuma
- The former president, in the eyes of the ruling party, is a law-abiding South African
- Zuma was also lauded as a man who has consistently respected the courts
The African National Congress has responded to the recent developments concerning Jacob Zuma in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The former president, whose corruption trial has been two decades in the making, was described as a "law-abiding citizen who has consistently respected the courts".
National Spokesperson Pule Mabe said Zuma hadn't allowed his status to interfere with his appearances:
"Former President Jacob Zuma is a law-abiding citizen who has consistently respected the courts and submitted himself to judicial processes regardless of his stature. He has always co-operated with law-enforcement agencies whenever asked to do so."
The ANC asked South Africans to be patient and to give the court the opportunity to deal with the controversial matter.
Briefly.co.za reported that KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Dhaya Pillay had issued the warrant of arrest against Zuma, questioning the validity of a sick note presented to her:
"The date is altered to be January 6, but there is no initialling of that date. It is not clear that ZK Motene, who signed this document, is indeed a registered medical practitioner. Mr Mantsha assumes it is his medical practice number. That is guesswork."
Advocate Daniel Mantsha claims the proof of the former president's illness had come from a military doctor:
"Why would the court doubt a medical certificate from the military hospital? [That] is disappointing. I will have to talk to the doctors with Zuma if he is in a condition to listen to this, then we will engage. I will get advice from his medical team."
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