- Jacob Zuma's recent challenges have his ANC supporters coming out in full force
- One of these supporters is ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule
- Magashule insists that nothing will prevent the former president's supporters from standing by his side
Jacob Zuma may not have attended recent National Executive Committee meetings, but that hasn't stopped his ANC supporters from coming to his defense.
eNCA reports that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has reiterated his position on the former president, commenting that:
"Well, President Zuma is one person who has attended meetings of the NEC and when we could not see him… it's because he is indeed sick. That's what we know for sure. I have visited him several times and indeed he was not fine. There is a position of the NEC that we cannot prevent anyone to go to the case to support Zuma. People can go there as individuals and we still maintain this position."
Briefly.co.za reported that the High Court had rejected the former president's sick note after finding discrepancies that called into question its validity.
This had come after Zuma failed to appear at his corruption trial, citing a mystery illness as the reason why.
Judge Dhaya Pillay had been unconvinced by the note, issuing a stayed warrant of arrest against Zuma, compelling him to appear in May.
The former president is facing charges of corruption in the infamous Thales debacle, a trial that has been stalled for over a decade despite Zuma highlighting his willingness to appear.
The warrant of arrest somewhat divided the ANC, with the ruling party putting forward a neutral statement defending the judicial system.
Other branches, such as the Free State ANC, were adamant Zuma would be protected. The ANC in the region claimed the politician's arrest would cause instability in South Africa.
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