- Jacob Zuma's corruption trial over the Thales debacle is drawing closer with each day that passes
- The former president is well-known for claiming he was a politically-motivated sacrifice in response to the allegations against him
- Zuma has now slammed the judiciary, claiming it is comparable to the apartheid-era courts
Former president Jacob Zuma claims that South Africa's judiciary is no better than what it was during the apartheid regime.
The attitude of judges towards him, according to Msholozi, is the same as what he experienced during his time as a freedom fighter:
"It is very scary today that as I face justice I have a feeling which I think is correct that there are certain courts when I appear [before them], or my matter appears, the attitude is the same as it was when I was a freedom fighter during apartheid time."
The politician even went so far as to claim that certain judicial officials who had already decided he would lose every court matter they preside over:
““Some people in the judiciary have unfortunately pronounced that Zuma will never win a case in my court, it is a sad thing that in a free country that you fought for, you must feel you are in the same situation as it were during apartheid. Now as a free man during the democratic time, it is almost always a given in the country that if you went to certain courts, Jacob Zuma cannot win a case."
These astonishing (and unsubstantiated) claims were made in the final episode of the YouTube series, Zooming with Zumas.
Attempting to validate his allegations, Zuma made reference to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's criticism of the judiciary.
Due to appear in court on June 23, Zuma faces corruption, fraud and money laundering charges.
But now Zuma has set his sights on the judiciary in an apparent attempt to do damage control ahead of a possibly unflattering verdict:
“Having fought for freedom, democracy and justice, I feel justice at the moment in our country is a problem.
In fact, the ex-president has issued a warning that it may well result in casualties:
“Perhaps my going to court might show other people who did other things, If again the judiciary in this country do not like Zuma, they want to put Zuma in jail, I will go there and serve and my conscious will be free, knowing very well I never did anything wrong.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Duduzane Zuma had voiced his concerns over his father's impending trial, saying that it was time SA heard the truth over what really happened over 15 years ago.
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