We still sup­port Zuma - MKMVA's Niehaus

Observer on Saturday - - News -

The damn­ing ev­i­dence pre­sented against former pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma at the Zondo com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture would not de­ter his sup­port­ers from ral­ly­ing be­hind him, said vet­eran strug­gle ac­tivist Carl Niehaus.

Niehaus, who is a se­nior mem­ber of the uMkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (MKMVA),

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said in a tele­phone in­ter­view on Thurs­day that he was go­ing to at­tend the night vigil, and that he would later at­tend a gath­er­ing out­side the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court to be ad­dressed by Zuma af­ter his ap­pear­ance.

Niehaus said the tes­ti­mony pre­sented at the Zondo com­mis­sion had yet to be tested and would not weaken his sup­port for Zuma.

Zuma and his co-ac­cused French arms com­pany Thales are fac­ing fraud and cor­rup­tion charges in re­la­tion to the con­tro­ver­sial arms deal.They have both filed af­fi­davits in the Dur­ban High Court seek­ing a per­ma­nent stay of pros­e­cu­tion.

Former min­er­als re­sources min­is­ter Ngoako Ra­matl­hodi told the Zondo com­mis­sion this week that Zuma had sold his pres­i­den­tial au­thor­ity to the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily who had taken con­trol of state-owned en­ti­ties.

Niehaus said Ra­matl­hodi’s ev­i­dence, which was later backed up by his former ad­viser, Mahlodi Muofhe, would not stop MKMVA mem­bers and Zuma sup­port­ers in gen­eral from turn­ing up at court in large num­bers to sup­port him as they were con­vinced that he would not get a free and fair trial.

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