- Jacob Zuma's defenders have begun to rally in response to the arrest warrant against him
- A meeting was recently held by his backers to discuss their plans going forward
- Many have expressed that they were willing to fight until the death for the former president
The recent arrest warrant issued against former president Jacob Zuma has left his backers ready to declare war. The warrant was issued by the Pietermaritzburg High Court after Zuma failed to show up for his fraud and corruption trial.
His defenders, including sections of both the ANC women's and youth leagues, the MKMVA and some provincial structures, are planning to fight the court order.
News24 reports that a group going under the name the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) forces recently met in Soweto to plot a plan of action to help Zuma.
According to the City Press, participants at the meeting declared that they were “ready for war”.
The publication further reports that no one at the meeting blamed President Cyril Ramaphosa and his supporters for the warrant of arrest.
The MKMVA has openly spoken out against the warrant, saying that they would not allow it especially after the former president fought for the country.
It seems their plans will be revealed before Zuma is due back in court. The long term goal of the group is to regain control of ANC branches. Some supporters have even declared that they are willing to die for the Nkandla-born former leader.
Zuma did not pitch in court due to an illness. Rapport reports that he has allegedly undergone two procedures in hospital in early January. It is also reported that he travelled to Cuba for treatment.
His last public appearance was on 26 December at a Christmas event in Nkandla. He assured the attendees that he was healthy.
According to Zuma’s spokesperson, Vukile Mathabela, the former president is currently in Cuba for medical observation and is not expected to return until the end of April.
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