Former president Jacob Zuma and Black First Land First appear to be forging closer ties after it emerged that Zuma is expected to deliver a keynote address at the organisation's event this weekend. READ: Justice dept paid R24m for Zuma's legal costs - MasuthaBLF's presence is becoming more prominent around the beleaguered leader, while some his former allies in the governing party were nowhere to be found when he appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on April 6 for corruption charges. "That makes him the father of radical economic transformation," added the BLF leader. He chastised Parliament for adopting what he labelled a "watered down" and "distorted" version of Zuma's vision. Mngxitama also denied that the BLF was raising funds to help Zuma with his mounting legal costs."The event is raising money for the black caucus' activities, it has nothing to do with Zuma's [legal costs] at all," said Mngxitama.