‘I am not afraid’, South Africa’s Zuma tells supporters

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Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Durban High Court where former President Jacob Zuma was arraigned to face corruption charges.

Many of Mr Zuma’s supporters are from his home province of KwaZulu-Natal which is where the case is being heard.

Addressing supporters in isiZulu after the case was postponed to 27 July, he said, “If the case must happen, I am not afraid to face it”.

A number of high-profile leaders stood alongside him on the podium erected outside the court, including the former North West Province Premier Supra Mahumapelo who resigned in May – following pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) – amidst corruption allegations.

But Mr Zuma’s supporters have been described as a band of the walking wounded after the forced removal of Mr Zuma by the ANC in February.

Today’s show of support has fuelled speculation of a split in the ANC ahead of upcoming general elections, something the new president Cyril Ramaphosa will be keen to avoid.