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Saturday, 30 March 2024 15:35

Presidency calls MK Party to prove allegations of govt's involvement in Zuma's accident.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Umkhonto weSizwe party (MKP) has accused the African National Congress (ANC) led government that it has not done enough to tighten former president Jacob Zuma's security detail.

Like all former State presidents, Zuma still enjoys security from the Presidential Protection Services albeit with a smaller contingent of bodyguards and cars. 

This comes after his car was hit by another vehicle in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Photos of the accident show the State vehicle badly damaged on the driver's side. 

Zuma, 81, and his bodyguards escaped uninjured and he was taken to his place of residence.

On Wednesday, the ANC filed a new court application against MK after losing an initial bid to have the party disqualified.

The ANC says that MK's name and logo are similar to those of the now disbanded apartheid-era military wing of the ANC once led by Nelson Mandela, and that this could deceive or confuse voters.

While Zuma was whisked away to safety, MK Party's head of elections Musa Mkhize said he suspected foul play around the accident. 

"We call upon the minister of police, the national commander of police and the general who is in charge of the unit to make sure that they go deeper and solve this problem on the attack of our president."

Presidency has challeged the MK Party to prove its allegations that president Cyril Ramaphosa's government is behind the weakening of Zuma's security and ultimately car accidents.

Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said: You don't expect us to respond to such madness. They must prove it".

When asked about Zuma's condition since the crash, Mkhize said, "He is in high spirits as always and was in laughter this morning about the accident."

"But it does not mean he took it lightly (or that) he is not aware of what's happening."

"Zuma is in church today praying that the devil does not come into MK," he said, referring to the ANC.

This incident arrives amid recent remarks by the secretary of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Bheki Mtolo, who suggested that Zuma's age might hinder his participation in the upcoming general elections. Mtolo asserted that Zuma might be hospitalised due to his advanced age, casting doubt on his ability to engage in the political arena actively.

A 51-year-old man is expected to appear at the Eshowe Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol as well as reckless and negligent driving.