Zuma corruption trial: Magashule tells media former president 'must be supported at all times' | News24

'Zuma was the president of the ANC. He must be supported at all times. As ANC leaders, that's how we were brought up in the ANC,' Magashule told a group of journalists as he entered court. | @kaveels

2021-05-17 12:21:00 PM

'Zuma was the president of the ANC. He must be supported at all times. As ANC leaders, that's how we were brought up in the ANC,' Magashule told a group of journalists as he entered court. | kaveels

While the signature large crowds did not turn up for what is meant to be the first day of former president Jacob Zuma's Arms Deal corruption trial, journalists scrambled to interview many of his high profile supporters including Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo.

Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo were among those who came out in support of Zuma.Magashule said Zuma was an ANC president and had to be supported.While the usual signature large crowds did not turn up for what is meant to be the first day of former president Jacob Zuma's Arms Deal corruption trial, journalists scrambled to interview many of his high profile supporters including Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo.

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A street outside Pietermartizburg High Court was cordoned off with a strong police presence maintaining calm prior to the case commencing. While there were some supporters outside court, the usual big crowd that Zuma commands was not present. MKMVA members outside the Jacob Zuma trial in Pietermartizburg on Monday

A Zuma supporter, one of few outside the PietermartizburgNews24Kaveel SinghWhile Magashule made his way to court, a barrage of journalists chased him in the hope of catching a few words from the suspended ANC secretary-general."Zuma was the president of the ANC. He must be supported at all times. As ANC leaders, that's how we were brought up in the ANC," he told a group of journalists as he entered court. headtopics.com

When asked about the ANC's instruction to him to disassociate from those charged with fraud and corruption, Magashule answered:"I am here to support president Zuma."Also among Zuma's high profile supporters was Supra Mahumapelo, who was suspended by the North West ANC interim provincial committee.

He called for Zuma to be allowed to live out the rest of his years in peace, saying the former president had done important work for South Africa's liberation."We must find it in our hearts to allow Zuma to go gradually into a dignified obscurity to accept that those of us who wanted to inflict pain on him before and after democracy, have achieved our objective.

ALSO READ |Zuma's legal team to apply for the recusal of lead prosecutor Billy Downer"To accept that the fact that his reputation has been sufficiently harmed, and for me, it is payment enough for society to allow him at this stage in his life to go gradually into necessary obscurity so society can go into a different narrative going forward."

He highlighted Zuma's contribution to South Africa's liberation struggle. Read more: News24 »

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kaveels And he answer the allegation please now. Mayb the of us can start supporting him as well. Hai maan😓 kaveels We you brought up for corruption? kaveels Let them divide ➗ the ANC we don't care. In South Africa we have many political parties to join why worry kaveels Defending corruption.🙄 kaveels And I am the Secretary General of the ANC I must also be supported at all times.

kaveels 🤣🤡 kaveels Supported until when and up to what point? Does the support stop if/when he's found guilty, or criminality is not a factor? kaveels Magashule was brought by which ANC mara batho kaveels This is what is inherently wrong with the ANC. The same happened with the Zuma no confidence vote; the same herd mentality prevailed with the disbanding of the Scorpions. Magashule is technically right when he says: '... that's how we were brought up in the ANC'.

kaveels I must give Zuma credit for inspiring this cult-like devotion from his followers. He can do no wrong in their eyes and it takes some real skill to generate that sort of loyalty. I'm sure his supporters would take food from their own children's mouths if Zuma asked for it. kaveels Herein lies the problem and exactly like the apartheid government- support us irrespective of our crimes. Support us because we tell you we are great. failedANC is no better than the system many fought against.

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kaveels This alleged idiot of a man. ANC was structured to fight Apartheid hence they kept calling themselves that. And they won somewhat. Now that the country is “free” they think we owe them something. That’s why they don’t know what to do with that freedom but loot state resources kaveels Speaking for himself here , he expects the same

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