DURBAN– Opposition Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says former sOUTH aFRICAN President Jacob Zuma will finally get a chance to clear his name when he appears in the Durban High Court on Friday to face fraud and corruption charges.

Buthelezi was speaking to the SABC when he visited to the United Congregational Church of South Africa at Inanda, north of Durban, for an Easter service.

Zuma has always maintained that he wants his day in court. He will face 18 charges and will appear alongside representatives of French arms company, Thint Holdings, on charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

Buthelezi says the law must take its course. We believe that allegations are allegations and therefore it is in the interest of Mr Zuma himself and he, himself. expressed that an eagerness to have his day in court,” he added.

“So we hope that this matter will be ended now in the interest not only for the public, because he has been our President but in his own interest as well. The matter can now be decided by the courts that finally and lastly he has had the opportunity of his day in court.

Meanwhile, Zuma has called on church leaders to pray for the country’s leaders and a peaceful upcoming election. He was addressing thousands of church goers in eSikhaleni, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

During the Easter weekend, the former president visitied churches in KwaZulu-Natal Province. On Sunday, he visited members of the Covenant Congregational Church.

Zuma said he never enjoyed his 10 years as president and feels he is now being persecuted despite no longer being in power. Speaking out for the first time since his corruption charges were reinstated, he said people are enjoying freedom but he is not free.

People are enjoying freedom but I am not free. You gave me ten years to lead the country, but I did not enjoy even a single year. Now I’m no longer a President but I’m still followed. Church leaders don’t forget to pray for us.

Zuma maintains that even after leaving the highest office in the country he still has many loyal followers. The

eThekwini Community Church leader, Vusi Dube, said they will continue their support for Zuma on April 6 at the High Court in Durban.