KZN ANC to hold high court vigils in support of Zuma

2008-07-22 00:00

The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal plans to hold night vigils outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court in a show of support for the ANC president, Jacob Zuma, who is due to appear in court in the first week of August.

This is one of the decisions taken by the ANC provincial executive committee which met in Pietermaritzburg from Sunday to Monday.

Senzo Mchunu, the provincial secretary, said the night vigils are to be held on the two nights preceding Zuma’s scheduled appearances.

Zuma is due to appear in court on August 4 and 5 when his legal team is expected to file an application to have the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to prosecute him for fraud, corruption, racketeering, tax evasion and money laundering declared unlawful.

Mchunu said that over 5 000 people are expected to attend the night vigils, which will extend to gatherings outside the court on the days of Zuma’s appearances.

“We understand that it will be cold and therefore some people may not be able to attend, but nevertheless we still envisage the attendance of large crowds,” he told The Witness yesterday.

He said the ANC’s campaign will not end there, adding that the party will continue to campaign for the “complete withdrawal of this political case” and to have a permanent stay in Zuma’s prosecution.

Meanwhile, the ANC has shrugged off suggestions that it fears losing the province in next year’s elections.

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