- Former President Jacob Zuma is set to return to South Africa today
- His fans gathered at the airport to wish him a warm welcome
- Zuma is returning under a cloud as an arrest warrant has been issued for his failure to appear in court
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Former President Jacob Zuma is due to return to South Africa after receiving medical treatment in Cuba. His supporters are at the airport ready to give him a warm welcome.
Briefly.co.za is aware that Zuma is returning under a cloud of speculation as to how the situation between himself and the High Court would develop.
Zuma was issued with an arrest warrant after failing to appear before the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The former president cited a medical condition as grounds his absence according to timeslive.co.za.
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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.
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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."
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