The National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA) is supporting former president Jacob Zuma because “he is being victimised for his ideas.”
Speaking to Political Analysis South Africa on Monday, 7 May 2018, Bishop Timothy Ngcobo, who is the Secretary General of NICSA in KwaZulu-Natal, explained that Zuma was the voice of Radical Economic Transformation (RET), and that those who disagree with Zuma have pushed for fresh charges against him.
“It’s another method to silence the Radical Economic Transformation [agenda] because Msholozi was a strong voice of Radical Economic Transformation,” he said.
“This Radical Economic Transformation is not going to happen because it was clear his government or his term in office came with a clear indication that we don’t want to work with monopoly capital,” he added.
NICSA is organising a night vigil on 7 and 8 June 2018, as part of its “Hand off Zuma Campaign” ahead of Zuma’s next court appearance on Tuesday, 8 June 2018, where he will face 16 charges that include fraud, corruption and racketeering. The charges relate to payments that he allegedly received from French arms company, Thint in order to protect the company from being investigated for its alleged role in a multi-billion rand arms deal.
The charges were dropped in 2009 by the former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head, Mokotedi Mpshe, paving way for Zuma to become president.
The current NPA head, Shaun Abrahams announced in March 2018 that he would reinstate the charges and prosecute the former president.
Ngcobo also questioned the timing of Zuma’s prosecution, implying that there might be other ‘forces” that may want to see the former president in jail.
“We want to know who’s behind this,” he said.
“The case was struck off the roll a long time ago. There’s no new evidence now…the same NPA which wrote this case off are the same NPA to squabble in court…. It doesn’t give us certainty that people know what they are doing when they charge Zuma,” he added.