Zuma awaits appeal outcome

African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma was awaiting news from the Supreme Court of Appeal on his fate...

ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma was awaiting news from the Supreme Court of Appeal on his fate.

On Monday, the court will rule whether the Judge Chris Nicholson judgment, that led to former president Thabo Mbeki’s dismissal, would stand.

The National Prosecuting Authority has said that should the court overturn the judgment, it would recharge Zuma with corruption.

That meant that he could go into the election campaign with the charges hanging over his head.

Political analyst Steven Friedman said this may not necessarily count against the ANC in the elections.

“I think if he is charged again, it will be a minus for the ANC but, you know, party loyalties in this country are very strong and I suspect that many ANC voters will be unhappy if that’s how things turn out. But I think in the end they’ll hold their nose and vote for the ANC.”

On Saturday, during the launch of the ANC’s election manifesto, Zuma vowed, on the party’s behalf, to stamp out corruption.

“This would include mergers to review the tendering system to ensure that ANC members and business, public servants and elected representatives do not abuse the state for corrupt practices.”