Durban - Meshack Radebe, the recently retired deputy speaker of the KZN legislature and a longtime prominent Jacob Zuma supporter, has alleged that the former president is being prosecuted and persecuted by people he appointed to power simply because they want to prove "they are independent of him".
Radebe also alleged there was a bid to ensure Zuma is ruined financially, adding there is a clandestine effort by the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to make sure a secret letter Zuma's lawyers sought to read in court does not see the light of day. The letter is believed to expose former President Thabo Mbeki and former NPA head advocate Bulelani Ngcuka of "prima facie evidence against Zuma".
He made these allegations to a group of journalists on Friday morning outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court shortly before proceedings inside the court started.
He added: "All these people who are now rising against Zuma, including Mogoeng Mogoeng (the country's Chief Justice), are his people, they want to prove a point that they are not beholden to him and are independent people. Look at Thuli Madonsela. She is now going to be his advisor (not clear he was referring to who). What will happen when you think of her with her scary heart. "
He added he was not afraid to speak his mind as he has retired from active politics and is not accountable to anyone.