'Continued support for Zuma could pose a bigger headache for the ANC'

Former president Jacob Zuma made a brief appearance at the Durban High Court on Friday to answer on 16 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering.

However, the case has been postponed to 8 June.

EWN reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo says the case was postponed to allow Zuma's lawyers to put together a review application and for both parties to determine a trial date.

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Once all that has been completed, then we will know whether the date for June 8 will go ahead as planned or it will be pushed back again.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Ngcobo says Zuma looked quite relaxed when he walked in court. He was smiling and greeting his supporters who came in their thousands from different provinces, she adds.

As soon as his motorcade entered the Durban High Court, he was met by dozens of church leaders who laid hands on him. Perhaps that gave him a certain level of confidence knowing that he has support from religious leaders.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

When he entered the court, he gave his classic smile and waved at us. One wonders if there is something that his team knows that we don't.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says Zuma's message to his supporters outside court was clear, saying to them that the charges that are reinstated against him are nothing but political.

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He took some time to speak to over a thousand people that gathered here, thanking them for the prayer and telling them that God will strengthen them.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He said some interesting things about the ANC's decision to distance themselves as he faces these charges, saying he doesn't understand why people he trusts are treating him as though he has already been found guilty by the court of law.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

News24 politics editor Mahlatse Mahlase says this time around it was difficult to predict whether this was a weaker or stronger Jacob Zuma because this is the first time he did not appear as the president.

She says Zuma played the victim, arguing that they are following him because he is a man who called for Radical Economic Transformation.

In terms of support, he appeared weaker from the point of view that then he had Cosatu and SACP who were strong at their time. I call them the walking wounded - Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Faith Muthambi and Des Van Rooyen ....

Mahlatse Mahlase, News24 politics editor

Mahlase touched on issues of defiance by some of the Zuma supporters who had attended the night vigil ahead of Zuma's court appearance wearing ANC regalia despite instructions for them not to do so.

She says it's going to be a difficult one for the ANC to control that because constitutionally they cant stop anyone from wearing the clours of the party.

She says if the support for Zuma grows, as it was seen on Friday, it might become a headache to the ANC come 2019 elections.

If this support does grow it becomes a bigger headache for the party towards the 2019 elections.

Mahlatse Mahlase, News24 politics editor

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