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Mhlaba Memela

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KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Cele, pictured, believes it's time the judiciary came to its senses and dropped charges of fraud and corruption against ANC president Jacob Zuma.

Addressing the eThekwini regional conference at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday, Cele said it was time for ANC members to make the call for Zuma's case to be quashed.

"We can't have a case of more than eight years that is not reaching finality," he said. "We say this because we believe that comrade JZ has been the subject of a political vendetta."

Cele's call for Zuma's trial to be dropped was given the thumbs up by delegates of the ANC's most powerful region in the province.

The ANC's alliance partners had previously made a similar call. Cele reiterated previous calls made by the SACP and Cosatu.

John Mchunu and Cele have been key players in encouraging party members to support Zuma, which helped him ascend to the ANC's highest office at the Polokwane conference.

Senior party members in the region told Sowetan they were certain that their resolution would be adopted by the province at next month's congress.

"The eThekwini region is very influential and since every member in the province supports JZ there will be no one to stop this resolution," he said. "Comrade Cele's call comes at the right time.

"We can't allow our leader to be ill-treated because individuals in the party want to destroy his reputation."

Mchunu was elected the region's new chairman.


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