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'Defend Zuma against agents of foreign influence'

The MKMVA has condemned President Jacob Zuma's critics saying they are trying to discredit him.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Mkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) on Sunday called on all its members to defend President Jacob Zuma against those trying to discredit him.

Speaking at a briefing in response to recent public attacks on Zuma, the association said opposition parties are colluding with civil society organisations and the judiciary to oust Zuma.

MKMVA's Papi Sizani said a vote of no confidence by opposition parties is part of a bigger political ploy driven by foreign interests to get rid of Zuma.

He said the association's members must stand up to defend him because the ANC itself is under attack.

"We say defend him against the agents of foreign influence, masquerading as concerned citizens, and conjuring up fake crisis."

Zuma has been under attack in recent months over development at his Nkandla home.

The project is valued at over R200 million and opposition parties have criticised the expenditure.

Earlier this week, eight opposition parties tabled a vote of no confidence in Zuma in Parliament.

The ANC made it clear it would oppose the vote as it believes Zuma is the best person to lead the party.

This comes ahead of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

The party is expected to re-elect Zuma but others have been calling for change in the party's leadership.

It is not yet clear whether Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge Zuma for the post.