The former president who has a legal battle to face come Wednesday this week isn’t alone after all as the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) Champions have urged his critics to ‘leave him in peace to enjoy his well-earned retirement’.
Zuma facing defamation allegations lodged by former minister Derek Hanekom at the Durban High Court. The former minister dragged the former president before the Durban High Court, suing zumz for calling him a ‘known enemy agent’ on Twitter. The tweet was made in relation to revelations by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema that Hanekom had worked with the EFF in order to renove Zuma from the presidency.
The former president during his previous court appearances for his corruption trial in Durban and Pietermaritzburg has often addressed his supporters after each appearance, but with Wednesday being the opening day of the lawyers’ arguments it is unlikely that Zuma will address his supporters afterwards.
The RET Champions, who have supported Zuma throughout his corruption trial and refer to him as the ‘Father of RET’ have told critics to back off and allow him a peaceful retirement. In a statement by RET spokesperson Nkosentsha Shezi said “We have said that we will support Msholozi until the end. If it was up to us, we would ensure that people leave Nxamalala in peace to enjoy his retirement as a man who has worked hard for this country. Nonetheless, we will be there to support him.”
Shezi further reminded that“Hanekom, by his own admission, worked with opposition and people who call us enemies and who we also call enemies to oust former president Zuma, so what’s there for the courts to prove because by his own admission he is a mole of our enemies?”