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Thousands expected to show support for ANC president

11 September 2008

On the eve of ANC President Jacob Zuma`s appearance in the Pietermaritzburg High Court tomorrow (12 September 2008), the African National Congress (ANC) reaffirms its unwavering support for its president.

Thousands of people are expected to gather outside the court to demonstrate their support for Zuma. They will be joined by the senior leadership of the ANC and its Alliance partners.

Throughout the investigation and prosecution of the case against Zuma he has had his rights repeatedly violated by institutions of state. His case has been commented upon so extensively, wrongly and in a skewed fashion that many within the public arena have already found him guilty.

Against this background the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) has decided that the ANC would itself pursue the prospects of an application for a permanent stay of prosecution. Legal counsel is being engaged on the matter.

As thousands gather outside the court, the ANC is confident that the demonstration will be peaceful and orderly.

It is regrettable that among the thousands of disciplined demonstrators in Durban yesterday, there were a few individuals who engaged in disruptive behaviour.

In showing our support, we call on our members and supporters to display discipline befitting the character, ideals, courage and stature of President Zuma. We express our gratitude to the many more people across the country that have held marches, determined to ensure that Zuma is treated fairly and justly.

The ANC is firmly committed to the rule of law and will not condone any disruption or acts of violence during demonstrations. The ANC further appeals to members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to exercise restraint in dealing with demonstrators.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson
African National Congress

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