Zuma a law-abiding citizen: ANC on ex-president's warrant of arrest

Zuma a law-abiding citizen: ANC on ex-president's warrant of arrest

- 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

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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."

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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