There is an expression which says "a friend in need, is a friend indeed" and this seem to fit perfectly like a hand in glove on the type of loyalty that Zuma's allies have towards one another.
Since former president Jacob Zuma's court cases began, his followers have been flocking to support him relentlessly. Fellow ANC comrades who subscribe to the ideologies of a Radical Economic Transformation have also been showing up to support the former head of state.
On the 31st of January, Jacob Zuma will be appearing at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Kwa-Zulu Natal where he is set to appeal a judgment on state prosecutor Billy Downer and argue that he is unfit to prosecute him on the arms deal corruption trial.
Several RET forces are expected to flock to Pietermaritzburg on the 31st of January to support former president Jacob Zuma. ANC comrade and RET champion in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province Nkosentsha Shezi revealed that Zuma is their leader and they will continue to render him their support.
"President Zuma remains our leader, a revolutionary giant. We stand firmly behind him. #freePresZumaNow," he wrote in a tweet.
Another RET champion, Ace Magashule is not yet confirmed whether or not he will be at the Pietermaritzburg High Court along with other comrades. He too has his own court appearance scheduled for the 21st and 22nd of February.
Speculation however has it that the RET faction of the ANC might use these gatherings where they will be supporting their leaders in court to also campaign for the candidates they want to contest at the party's national conference.
While CR17 faction seem to have endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa as their presidential candidate ahead of the national conference, the RET faction has not quite articulated who their candidate will be to contest Ramaphosa.
There were allegations however that the ANC RET in Kwa-Zulu Natal is rallying behind former health minister, Zweli Mkhize to contest against Cyril Ramaphosa. They claim that he is politically mature and is well known within the structures of the party.
Some RET comrades however feel that Tourism minister, Lindiwe Sisulu should contest against Cyril Ramaphosa as she is also a senior member of the ANC National Executive Committee.
As it stands it means the RET faction will have to vote and see who will emerge as their candidate. But former president Jacob Zuma's daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla once articulated that if the RET faction doesn't find common ground and come up with one candidate to contest Cyril, then Ramaphosa will get his second term easily.
Duduzile Zuma argued that it is pointless to have numerous comrades vying for the same post instead of having one.
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