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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 17, 2017 shows former South African and then African National Congress President Jacob Zuma looking on during a plenary meeting during the 54th ANC national congress in Johannesburg. South Africa’s ruling ANC party confirmed on January 22, 2018 that discussions were underway on President Jacob Zuma leaving office, but said no date for his departure had yet been agreed. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

The former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward on Monday defended his father who is facing criminal charges saying he is being victimised for calling for expropriation of land.

He issued a statement on Monday saying his father is being persecuted for fighting the white monopoly capital in the country.

On Friday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said they would charge the former president for corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

He also said the former president is being targeted for speaking out in support of radical economic transformation and expropriation of land without compensation.

Edward said his father was fighting for the poor in the country. He also vowed to defend his father.

Edward challenged the NPA to also charge those who stole the country’s wealth and hid it in foreign lands.

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