The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) welcomed Schabir Shaik decision to testify against President Jacob Zuma if he eventually appears in court to face the 783 corruption charges against him.
You’ll recall that the Supreme Court ruled that the President should face the charges last Friday. The court upheld the High court judgement which stated that the decision to withdraw the 783 charges of corruption‚ fraud and racketeering brought against Zuma was irrational.
It was in this respect that Schabir Shaik announced that he’s willing to testify against Mr Zuma. It’s known that some of the 783 corruption charges against Zuma have been linked to his relationship with Shaik who was once his advisor. It’s also known that Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison because of dealings related to the charges against Zuma. That was in 2005.
With Shaik’s willingness to testify against Jacob Zuma, the Fighters asked the President to step down as the leader of the country and prepare himself for jail.
To the EFF, it’d be difficult for Mr Zuma to evade being imprisoned after the court hears Shaik’s testimony. The party’s national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said:
“We must really welcome the noble commitment by Schabir Shaik that he will testify should Zuma appear in court. It is an important thing because that just means that Zuma is going to jail.”
According to Ndlozi, Zuma has been cornered, he has reached a dead-end and it’d be difficult for him to escape the law coming for him.
“It’s a cul-de-sac. We have called on Zuma to hand himself over and to step down. He said he is innocent, that’s what he’s been going around saying so he shouldn’t be scared to go to court. He must face the court, he must go and be answerable. We all must be answerable.
“We believe he must step down because of the Constitutional Court ruling that he broke the Constitution. So we can’t have a president facing 783 charges,” he added.