by Craig Wynn
“We will do anything to ensure that Zuma becomes the state president,” Julius Malema, president of the ANC Youth League, claimed when speaking to crowds of Jacob Zuma’s loyal supporters after yet another court hearing involving the ANC president on Tuesday 5 August. Zuma was heard at the Pietermaritzburg High Court where he called for the charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering laid against him last year to be declared unlawful and the case itself unconstitutional. Judge Chris Nicholson, however, said that he would leave his decision till 12 September and set 8 December as the date for Zuma’s trial to begin, should his application be overturned.
Many of Zuma’s supporters have been very vocal regarding the case against him, voicing many opinions including claims of a conspiracy led by current South African President Thabo Mbeki.
Others have upped their praise for the man many believe to be next in line to run South Africa. One such supporter, Blade Nzimande, general secretary of the South African Communist Party, said that we must be careful not to take the country to the brink by allowing Zuma to be jailed and that it is not a legal matter but rather one which must be dealt with politically. “We need to meet in the streets, not in the courts,” he said, adding to the tally of controversial comments over the last two months.
In under a year, South Africans will go to the polls to decide who next will lead our nation. The question, though, still remains; will Zuma be running in the elections or will he be serving time in prison? Also, what would the consequences be should he be found guilty?