- Msholozi will not be gracing the red carpet at the State of the Nation Address on Thursday
-Jacob Zuma's attorneys have since confirmed that he will not be attending
- This comes after Parliament mistakenly confirmed the former president's commitment to attend
Former president Jacob Zuma will not be making it to Thursday evening's State of the Nation Address.
Briefly.co.za reported that Parliament had retracted a comment that Zuma would be attending, admitting that the confirmation had been premature.
Zuma's attorneys have since confirmed that the former president wouldn't be attending due to poor health.
Former president Jacob Zuma's attorneys have confirmed that he will not be attending Thursday's State of the Nation Address.
In a statement issued by Lugisani Mantsha Attorneys Inc, the politician's lawyers commented that:
"We do not know how and where Parliament obtained this incorrect information. Our instructions remain that President Zuma is currently receiving medical treatment in a foreign country, and will, therefore, not be attending the SONA."
Carl Niehaus, who recently joined the Radical Economic Transformation President Zuma Support Group, reiterated that Zuma was indeed out of the country.
The ANC veteran had been outraged by the warrant of arrest currently in place against the former president:
"We respect our judiciary, however, there was no need to issue this warrant of arrest. President Zuma has attended every one of the appearances he had to do.President Zuma respects the judiciary! He’s proved that over 15 years! To issue a warrant of arrest after he has proven in every possible way that he respects the judiciary is unacceptable."
Speaking to Cape Talk, Niehaus had condemned the move against the 'elderly' politician:
"Yes, we know the sick note had some alterations [but] he’s always respected the courts and he’s an elderly statesman. There’s absolutely no flight risk and there was no need for a warrant of arrest."
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