- Ace Magashule has come out in former president Jacob Zuma's defence
- He has told people to keep their hands off Zuma and that he should not be suspended from the ANC
- The Zondo commission of inquiry has laid criminal charges against the former president for refusing to testify
Ace Magashule rushed to former president Jacob Zuma's defence and told people to keep their hands off him.
ENCA reported that Magashule does not believe that Zuma's ANC membership should be suspended for what he believes in.
He said that Zuma has rights as a citizen and can do whatever he wants to. Jacob Zuma has defied calls to present himself before the Zondo commission.
As a result, the commission is laying criminal charges against the former president. South Africa has been divided over Zuma's refusal to testify.
Social media users have reacted to Magashule's defence of the former president:
"ANC SG Ace Magashule: 'Leave President Jacob Zuma alone; just leave him!'"
"Ace Magashule clearly said “I can’t speak for president Zuma” but journalists kept asking him the same questions so they can find a story to run with & an angle that suits the Zuma agenda. We will now be bombarded with the same outrage & soon the Ace must step down will follow."
"What is even more repugnant about rogue individuals like Ace Magashule is constantly deferring to conspiracies they’re unable to substantiate. When pressed to clarify they say “one day is one day”. Jacob Zuma said the same and his tell-all book still has no publication date."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Zondo Commission of Inquiry has declared that they will lay a criminal charge against former president Jacob Zuma for not appearing when he was scheduled to. Zuma was meant to appear before the Commission on 18 January 2021.
The Commission has also warned the former president to appear on 15 February 2021 or further action will be taken against him.
Jacob Zuma previously released a statement expressing that he would not be appearing before the Commission. The Constitutional Court had also intervened and stated that Zuma had to show face.
Zuma refused to show up and compared the Zondo Commission to the apartheid regime. The former president does not like all the questions that he is asked.
In other news, Julius Malema is no stranger to a viral tweet. Many of the political figure's own tweets have garnered internet attention before and his message on Wednesday, 3 February did just that.
Julius posted a message on social media that asked if ex-president Jacob Zuma to organise to meet him urgently... for tea.
The tweet's perfect combination of simplicity and absurdity had Mzansi's internet commenters go absolutely wild with mockery, meme-making and political jabs.
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