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SACP: No regrets for supporting Zuma on corruption charges

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday confirmed that the decision to withdraw criminal charges against the President in 2009 was irrational.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma on the final day of the ANC national policy conference on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party’s (SACP) first general secretary Solly Mapaila has told Eyewitness News that the party doesn't regret supporting President Jacob Zuma when he initially faced corruption charges.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday confirmed that the decision to withdraw criminal charges against the President in 2009 was irrational.

Mapaila attended a gala dinner for the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors on Monday night.

The SACP is one of the organisations that supported Zuma when he was initially charged with corruption. At the time, the organisation claimed that state institutions were used to attack him.

Now the SACP's Solly Mapaila says that while they continue to call on the president to step down, they don't regret ever backing him.

“We supported him before on the basis of principle. We didn’t know the details then that we know now. We supported him during that period because we surely believed that there was a persecution against him.”

The party says that the president must have his day court and is accusing him of using state resources to delay his corruption case.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)