We still support Zuma - MKMVA's Niehaus
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),
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.