Cape Town – ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu came to President Jacob Zuma’s defence arguing he was not a criminal and should not be called one.
This was after the official opposition, led by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, adamantly insisted that Zuma had been implicated in the arms deal by the courts as acting against the law.
In addition the Constitutional Court had found he acted illegally regarding Nkandla upgrades and the most recent high court ruling reinstating the 783 counts of corruption, fraud and racketeering against him, Steenhuisen said.
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Mthembu, backed by Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli, who insisted repeatedly that the opposition withdraw its remarks, said Zuma had never been found guilty of any crime.
Earlier, Mthembu stated in his address that Zuma’s Nkandla home had been victim to arson attacks twice and during his struggle days, as many of his comrades had been hung, he had forgiven them.
Zuma “is also human”, Mthembu said.