- Carl Niehaus claims that he knows the cause of Jacob Zuma's mystery illness
- The long-time supporter of the ex-president says the stress of numerous court appearances and public vilification prompted the health issues
- This comes as supporters gear up to welcome Zuma back to South Africa over the weekend
ANC veteran Carl Niehaus claims that Jacob Zuma's health issues are a result of stress, caused by legal issues and a flagging public image.
IOL reports that Niehaus had been speaking ahead of the ex-president's return to SA, which is set to attract hundreds of his supporters.
Zuma had travelled to Cuba, where it is understood he underwent treatment for the unknown illness.
Niehaus says this mystery ailment is the result of increased pressure on the former leader:
“He has been subjected to court appearances and found guilty by public opinion, and we believe that his illness is very much related to the relentless pressure that has been going on for 15 years. It is not just the issue of appearing in court, but it is general vilification that the president suffers in the media and the attitude of finding him guilty without him being found guilty by the court."
Niehaus claims this treatment is miles worse than what has faced fellow ex-president FW de Klerk:
“There is a warrant of arrest for President Zuma while De Klerk, who has been involved in crimes against humanity, an apartheid criminal, has got no warrant of arrest or anything hanging over his head, and in fact he is free."
Briefly.co.za reported that FW de Klerk had riled the nation after claiming apartheid was not a crime against humanity despite a United Nations declaration that it was.
Zuma is expected to appear in court in May, failing which the warrant of arrest will come into play and a presidential manhunt will be launched.
This comes after the ex-president failed to convince High Court judge Dhaya Pillay of his illness, with numerous discrepancies in his submitted sick note.
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