JOHANNESBURG- The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has reacted with condemnation of  the Brazilian government persecuting its former president Lula da Silva.

Da Silva turned himself to the police Saturday after a day long standoff  and will begin to serve a 12-year prison sentence for corruption after the judge order him to turn himself in by Friday to serve his sentence.

The union has joined many voices that have rejected the findings of the court against the former president.

The union believes that da Silva is a victim of the law, is a causality to a political witch hunt designed to discredit his legacy.

Numsa will continue their support for him and the Brazilian working class.

Spokesperson for Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said, “The corruption conviction has been widely criticised because of a lack of evidence to back up the allegations. The right-wing capitalist elite have been manipulating the legal system in order to ensure that Lula is prosecuted and is not eligible to run for president again. Lula remains one of the most popular political leaders in Brazil.”

Photo Credit- Public Radio International

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