- ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule used the launch of the party's new online membership system to call for support for former president Jacob Zuma
- He told party member that Zuma belonged to ANC and he could not be disregarded
- Zuma faces charges of corrupting dating back to the arms deal
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has called on ANC members to support former president Jacob Zuma ahead of his trial in May.
Magashule addressed ANC members at the Saul Tsotetsi Community Hall, Sebokeng, in the Vaal where the ANC launched its new online membership system.
Briefly.co.za learned that he told the gathered crowd that Zuma belonged to the ANC and as a former president the party could not disregard him.
SABCnews.com reports that Zuma is facing charges of corruption dating back to the arms deal, he is scheduled to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on the 6th of May.
The former president arrived back in South Africa last week, he had received medical treatment in Cuba for an unknown condition. He had missed an earlier appearance in court and cited illness as the grounds for his absence.
Briefly.co.za reported on ANC MP Supra Mahumapelo's calls for Zuma's supporters to stand behind the former president. He was clear in his message that he and Zuma's supporters were no worried about what the consequences for their support would be.
The court issued a stayed warrant of arrest for Zuma which would come into effect should he fail to appear in court in May.
The NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) has requested Zuma's medical records to confirm his claims that he was not well enough to attend trial.
Zuma was defiant and told his supporters that he was not afraid of jail.
“I am not scared of prison. When I am wanted in court I go. Even during the the time the white people were in charge, I went. They imprisoned me for 10 years and I came out. Even now, if this government of ours can arrest me and find me guilty, I will go to prison,” says Zuma.
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