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By unknown | Feb 03, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says it will use party president Jacob Zuma's court appearance tomorrow as a fully- fledged election rally.

Zuma will appear before Judge Leona Theron following the Supreme Court of Appeal's overturning of Judge Chris Nicholson's September 2008 judgment that found Zuma's prosecution to be invalid. Zuma faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

Zuma will appear in the Pietermaritzburg high court where his lawyers will argue that his case should be granted a permanent stay of prosecution or be struck off the roll.

It is expected that Zuma's legal representatives and those of his co-accused, Thint, and the National Prosecuting Authority will try and agree on suitable dates.

ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu said the party will use Zuma's court appearance to campaign.

"We view this as a perfect opportunity and a platform to campaign," said Mchunu.

As was the case in Zuma's previous court appearances, there will be a night vigil today. It will be addressed by provincial party leaders. Mchunu said arrangements have been made to accommodate more than 15000 people who are expected to turn up in Pietermaritzburg as "this is Zuma's last court appearance before he becomes our president".

Mchunu said the ANC had organised 500 marshals to control the crowd.

The national leadership of the ANC and its alliance partners is expected to attend the court appearance and address the mass rally.

Police assured the business community and public at large that strict security measures will be in place to maintain law and order. Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram assured the public that normal activities will proceed unhindered outside the immediate vicinity of the Pietermaritzburg high court. He urged people to support the measures put in place during this period.


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