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Zuma returns from Cuba, addresses 'hundreds' of supporters

22 February 2020 2:05 PM
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Former president Jacob Zuma arrived at OR Tambo International where supporters waited to give him a hero's welcome.
Former President Jacob Zuma arrives at OR Tambo International Airport on 22 February 2020. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/ EWN

Former president Jacob Zuma is back in South Africa, after receiving treatment in Cuba for an undisclosed illness.

Dressed in a suit and shades, he was met at OR Tambo International Airport by hundreds of supporters. EWN reports these included former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association's Kebby Maphatsoe.

President Jacob Zuma's supporters wait for him to arrive at the OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday, 22 February 2020. Picture: EWN

A warrant of arrest was issued after Zuma failed to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court at his corruption trail earlier in February and the judge questioned the validity of the sick note provided by his lawyer.

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The arrest warrant will kick in if the former president is not present for his next scheduled appearance on May 6.

Interviewed on CapeTalk on Friday, Carl Niehaus of the Gauteng RET President Zuma Support Group said the stress of being in and out of court, along with vilification by the SA public, is the cause of Zuma's ill-health.


22 February 2020 2:05 PM
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Corruption
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OR Tambo International Airport
Carl Niehaus
Former president Jacob Zuma
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Jacob Zuma arrest warrant

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