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“I don’t keep my vote a secret. My blood is black, green, and gold,” declares Zuma

Former President Jacob Zuma, who is on medical parole, has declared loyalty to the African National Congress (ANC), saying he will vote in the local elections on November 1.

Despite being ousted from office in 2018 by his own party, the ANC, Zuma, maintains his blood is always black, green, and gold.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation, of which he is the patron, confirmed that the former statesman will vote for the ANC.

“He has never kept his vote a secret,” said the foundation.

Considering his imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court and later granting of medical parole, he is now serving a potion of his 15-month prison sentence at home.

The charge stems from his refusal to appear before Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, chaired by Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo, investigating corruption during his tenure as president.

Zuma accused Zondo of being biased, and their relationship prompted him to walk out of the commission and refuse to give further testimony.

Zuma argued that unless the chairman recused himself, he will not continue to testify, to which Zondo responded, saying he was not going anywhere.

The erstwhile President said he is a disciplined member of the ANC who misses none of the party’s National Executive Committee meetings when circumstances or his health allow it.

In a long-running arms deal case from the 1990s, the former president, 79, pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and racketeering, and his co-accused, the French arms company Thales, faces four counts.

On Tuesday, Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Piet Koen dismissed Zuma’s application to remove Downer SC from his corruption case.

Zuma had argued that the prosecutor, Billy Downer, SC, was biased against him and submitted a “special plea” to the Pietermaritzburg High Court to replace him.

Zuma has instructed his lawyer, Advocate Thabani Masuku SC, to appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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