- The former Premier of North West Supra Mahumapelo has weighed in on former President Jacob Zuma's ongoing legal challenges
- Mahumapelo believes that the African National Congress has lost support from members in protest against the courts' treatment of Zuma
- Some social media users think Mahumapelo has it wrong and say that Zuma should have his day in court
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PIETERMARITZBURG - Supra Mahumapelo, the former Premier of the North West is one of the people that showed up at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday, 31 January in support of former President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma approached the High Court to have his bid for a leave of appeal in Judge Piet Koen's decision to keep Advocate Billy Downer as the lead prosecutor in the arms deal corruption trial set to kick off in April if there are no further delays.
Jacob Zuma leave to appeal case: Advocate Dali Mpofu claims irregular treatment for former president
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“There are people within the ANC and within the society who are very angry with the manner in which Zuma is being treated, particularly when he was arrested and put in jail before having a trial," said Mahumpelo.
The former Premier says this realisation was made during the door-to-door visits while campaigning for the local government elections. government
Mahumpelo has always been a staunch supporter of Zuma and even said that people who wanted to inflict pain on Zuma have succeeded, according to News24.
South Africans weigh in Supra Mahumpelo's comments
Social media users say Mahumpelo has it all wrong and that the ANC is not losing supporters because of Zuma's comments while some people believe that Mahumpelo's analysis is correct.
"I also want what Supra is smoking."
"I am afraid there may be truth to this statement. Very sad."
"It's okay. We cannot accept to be guilt-tripped by eaters again."
"Zuma must just have his day in court. Then we can all decide whether the trial is fair or not. His lawyers can't decide this before the trial even starts."
"Supra Mahumapelo, a Guptas stooge who sold the province to the corrupt Guptas, just like @Magashule_Ace"
Jacob Zuma leave to appeal case: Advocate Dali Mpofu claims irregular treatment of former President
Briefly News previously reported that Jacob Zuma and his legal team have accused the Pietermaritzburg High court of treating the former president irregularly. One of Zuma's legal counsel members who have made these claims is Advocate Dali Mpofu.
Mpofu argues that the court did not correctly adhere to due processes when filing the leave to appeal application. He stated that in his experience, he had not witnessed an application being conducted in the manner that the court did.
According to EWN, Jacob Zuma's legal team, led by Mpofu, are committed to having Billy Downer, a senior prosecutor, removed from the case due to allegations that he leaked confidential information regarding the former president's health.
Source: Briefly News