MK veterans back Zuma

The MKMVA said President Jacob Zuma has united the party and has shown leadership.

ANC President Jacob Zuma at the party's policy conference in Midrand on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) on Thursday said it will throw their full weight behind President Jacob Zuma in the run up to the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

The newly elected leadership of the association said the presidency was a hot topic at its recent national conference.

Chairman of the association, Kebby Maphatsoe, said Zuma managed to keep the ANC united in the face of adversity.

"Under his leadership we have seen the ANC growing from 600,000 people to 1,2million and the party continues to develop."

MKMVA said they will support Kgalema Mothlante as deputy president, but that if he contests the president's position, they will only support Zuma.

They labelled Zuma a "voice of reason" in a difficult democracy and that accusations of rape and corruption are simply attempts to assassinate his character.