- Carl Niehaus is rallying support for Jacob Zuma as his long-delayed corruption trial looms
- The ex-president is facing charges of corruption and Niehaus is adamant that he won't have access to a fair trial
- Supporters were encouraged to show as much love for the embattled politician as possible
Former president Jacob Zuma's corruption trial is set to kick off on Tuesday after over a decade of delays.
Facing multiple charges for his involvement in the Thales scandal, Zuma maintains that he is innocent and that the trial is politically-motivated.
Attempting to rally support for the ex-president, Carl Niehaus has invited followers to take part in a gathering at the Booysens Hotel in Johannesburg.
Issuing a statement on the matter, Niehaus says that the Radical Economic Transformation group is horrified that the trial is going ahead:
"While the Gauteng RET President Zuma Support Group supported President Jacob Zuma's decision to withdraw his appeal application in the Constitutional Court for a stay of prosecution, we need to once again emphasise our dismay with a trial that we believe is politically-motivated on the basis of trumped-up charges pursued by the National Prosecuting Authority.
"The history of political meddling in this case is well-documented and there is no need to regurgitate such again. Suffice to say we are convinced that this is a political trial, not a criminal trial."
Niehaus put forward that the former president would not have access to a 'free and fair trial':
"In this context, and the avalanche of negative publicity - tantamount to a kangaroo court by the media - and the character assassination that President Zuma has been subjected to, we remain of the opinion that President Zuma will not be able to have a free and fair trial."
Citizens were encouraged to wear shirts voicing support for the ex-president as well as to post their views on the matter on social media.
Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma had previously echoed the view that some members of the judiciary had already found him guilty irrespective of his crimes.
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