ANC distances itself from Zuma supporters

ANC distances itself from Zuma supporters

Downer was in court with fellow prosecutors Raymond Mathenjwa and Almicia Coetzee, while Zuma was represented by Hoosen Gani SC. Anton Katz SC appeared for Thales, a corporate accused who will be represented during the trial by Christine Guirrera.

Selfe said Zuma should also be made to pay back an estimated further R15 million spent to fight the reinstatement of corruption charges against him in the long-running legal battle dubbed the "Spy Tapes" case.

Zuma, who was forced to resign by the ANC last month, was at the center of a 1990s deal to buy billions of dollars of European military hardware to upgrade South Africa's post-apartheid armed forces. Many of them were wearing African National Congress (ANC) regalia despite a directive from the party not to do so. "What have I done?" said Zuma, speaking in Zulu to the crowd in his home Kwa-Zulu Natal province. He could face several years in prison. "We say also he can stand with Jacob Zuma", added pastor Nqoba Zindela, another organiser.

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The ANC has warned its members not to wear party colours when attending the court case and instead show support as individuals. "If anyone commits a crime, they will be arrested". "That person still has their rights just like anybody else", Zuma said.

"It is people of South Africa who correctly believe that they need to support the former president Jacob Zuma as it's clear that the witch-hunt against JZ is being intensified from all corners and levels".

"Hands off Zuma", his backers chanted.

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Zuma and Christine Guerrier of French arms manufacturer Thales, which is Zuma's co-accused in the case, were released on warning.

Former president Jacob Zuma has been dealt yet another legal blow with President Cyril Ramaphosa withdrawing the Presidency's challenge of a personal costs order against him.

"The fact, he continued, that the former state president will now have his day in court to answer before the nation for his decisions while in power will certainly send a well-needed clanging alarm call to many departments and offices of political administration".

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The expected court appearance of Zuma had been hailed by South Africa civil society and trade unions which includes the powerful National Union of Metal Workers (NUMSA).

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