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The SA Communist Party (SACP) has to contest the next elections on its own, some party supporters said ahead of the party's 85th anniversary celebrations in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
"This country needs a strong opposition party, we are tired of living in a one-party state," said Sipho Sheyi, one of hundreds who had gathered at Wadley Stadium. Sheyi and a group of his friends said they would not accept another Xhosa president.
"We need a Zulu president, and (ANC deputy president) Jacob Zuma is our man," said Gugu Zwane.
She said President Thabo Mbeki was among a group of people within the ANC opposing Zuma's presidency. She said Mbeki should stop acting as if he were innocent of any crime.
"If he (Mbeki) is an angel, then he must go to heaven, because there are no angels on earth," Zwane said.
Sheyi said the country deserved a president with fresh ideas who would accept criticism.
Bongiwe Magubane said she was looking forward to Zuma's speech.
"I want him to tell us that the whole trial (on corruption charges) is a set-up because that's what it is."
Sheyi, Magubane and Zwane vowed to attend Sunday's night vigil and Zuma's trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, Zuma and Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi were expected to address thousands of party supporters later on Sunday. - Sapa