As always, African National Congress (ANC) supporters came in numbers outside court to show solidarity to their former leader, Jacob Zuma. The former President still enjoys the support of significant crowds of people especially in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
Among those who came to support him was his son Duduzane Zuma, who is also facing his own criminal charges. Zuma’s daughters were also there to show support to their father.
Inside court the former President was represented by Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane who told the court that the former President’s rights have been violated into a greater extent, Muzi told the court that this case is two legal philosophies and which one the philosophies is when people who heard about Zuma being corrupt then take it upon themselves to hate him and that’s mob justice because a lot of people don’t know Zuma.
Outside court the Former President said “My constitutional rights have been violated into a greater extent, you should not violate people’s right even if you know how much they have wronged you are ought to treat them in the same way and never say just because you’ve arrested a rich person or not, my matter was not handled well you would swear we are still in the apartheid era.”
On the other hand the former president says the charges against him were plotted against him in order to prevent him from being elected president in the conference the ANC held in Limpopo.
“In my last court appearance I asked you people to vote for the ANC because I have heard a lot of people saying they would not be taking part in the general elections because of anger and I then realized I too would have been guilty for having not asked you to vote if the ANC was to loose to elections.”
He then thanked them for having made the ANC to remain in power in the province and nationally. Zuma is expected back in court today to resume with the Thales case relating to the arms deal.