LIVE BLOG: National Welcome Prayer Day for Jacob Zuma
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Vocal Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile said on Thursday at the Jacob Zuma prayer event in Durban that the youth of South Africa must rise and fight for the truth.
Khanyile said white people in South Africa are consolidating power with the help of some black leaders.
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The Jacob Zuma welcome rally was partly used by some religious guests for veiled swipes at Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC and country’s president, who is under fire from radical economic transformation (RET) proponents of the governing party.
As the rally got under way in the absence of Zuma, who was apparently advised by his military health services doctor to focus on his “failing health”, religious leaders took turns in affirming that the former head of state was the “chosen one”.
Without naming Ramaphosa, Professor Caeser Nongqunga, the chief apostle of the Twelve Apostles Christ in Church, told the supporters of Zuma that the former leader is a “chosen one” and he does not have to bribe people to be elected to power. #JacobZuma https://t.co/nYnl5xF82Y— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) October 14, 2021
As the crowds of former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters make their way into People's Park in Durban, radical economic transformation (RET) and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) forces said that they had come to show support for the veteran statesman at the prayer event on Thursday.
Former ANC member Carl Niehaus spoke to the media briefly amid the commotion, saying Zuma went to prison for pushing for RET.
"I am here as a comrade and friend of president Jacob Zuma. He has been treated unfairly. He was given a jail sentence without a proper trial. He has been specifically targeted because he has particular political view which does not gel with the leadership in the ANC.
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has rubbished claims by Eastern Cape Premier and ANC provincial chairperson Oscar Mabuyane that Magashule had set the Hawks to pounce on him for political reasons.
Magashule said the claims were baseless as he did not have the powers to instruct the elite crime investigation unit to investigate anyone.
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Supporters of Jacob Zuma stand in prayer with the hands and signs lifted high. Video: Jehran Daniel
Despite the sweltering heat in Durban where the temperature on Thursday morning was hovering at 36ºC , supporters of former president Jacob Zuma braved it to stage a welcome home rally.
The rally was staged to celebrate his release from prison on medical parole early and pray for him to get well as he is battling ill-health.
Video: Jehran Naidoo/IOL Politics
The supporters came from near and afar as some of those Independent Media spotted came from KwaMashu, north of Durban while others came from afar as Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape provinces.
Picture: Theo Jephta/IOL Politics
Fees Must Fall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, arriving at the Zuma welcome rally at Moses Mabhida's People’s Park in Durban. He said he was happy to be granted bail after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence and "racist Indians were disappointed." @IOL #ZumaPrayer pic.twitter.com/daEkR2TpMI— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) October 14, 2021
Dr Andile Hlatshwayo, the chairperson of Ubumbano Lokuthula is amongst those attending the Zuma welcome home rally.
VIDEO: Sihle Mavuso/IOL Politics
As more supporters of former president Jacob Zuma continues to stream into People’s Park, marshalls are having tough time in managing them. All of them want to be accommodated inside VIP marquees. The temperature in Durban is sweltering at 36 degrees celsius. @IOL @ZANewsFlash #ZumaPrayer
Watch: MKMVA spokesman Carl Niehaus says he is at People's Park in Durban to show their support of former president Jacob Zuma who was unfairly sentenced to prison. @IOL #anc #mkmva #durban #anckzn pic.twitter.com/Q8G8WNk1bH— Jehran Daniel (@JehranD) October 14, 2021
WATCH: Supporters of former President Jacob Zuma from KwaMashu in action as they prepare to take their seats at Moses Mabhida's People’s Park where the welcome home rally for the former head of state is taking place. @IOL #ZumaPrayer pic.twitter.com/gcawmraxKk— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) October 14, 2021
WATCH: Sifiso Lubisi, a Jacob Zuma supporter from Nkomazi ANC region, Mpumalanga province is also among those at Moses Mabhida's People’s Park. Nkomazi is the former stomping ground of Ngrayi Ngwenya, a prominent supporter of Zuma. @IOL #ZumaPrayer pic.twitter.com/MdsyHUtxwB— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) October 14, 2021
As the usual Durban heat settles in, supporters of former president Jacob Zuma make their way to Peoples Park ahead of the prayer event set to take place. MKMVA members are also present. @IOL @ANCKZN pic.twitter.com/uW3IM5Q0Mp— Jehran Daniel (@JehranD) October 14, 2021
People making a clarion call. pic.twitter.com/mjbdiSb26L— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) October 10, 2021
09:20 Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma have been called on by his foundation to join a prayer meeting at People’s Park in Moses Mabhida Stadium, in Durban today.
Jacob Zuma foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi said in a voice note circulating on social media, that the purpose of the event is to pray for Zuma’s safekeeping during his recent prison sentence and the “dark forces” that lay ahead.
08:37 Hours before the welcome home prayer for Jacob Zuma could start on Thursday, there is already a split as some senior members of the KwaZulu-Natal Interfaith are at loggerheads, making accusations that former president Jacob Zuma’s name is being used for financial gain.
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07:30 The @JGZ_Foundation tweeted this invitation on Thursday morning.
God has created the most beautiful day today.— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) October 14, 2021
The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright on the People's Park near Moses Mabhida Stadium eThekwini. God is providing his own vitamin D.#ThePeoplesPresident#WenzenuZuma#AfricansUnite pic.twitter.com/1d9WY5wmk6
The former president’s attendance at the gathering is not yet assured after an insider in Nkandla said his doctors from the military health services advised him to stay at home and nurse his ill health.
Supporters are forging ahead with a welcome home rally for former president Jacob Zuma in Durban on Thursday, despite the possibility that their ailing hero may follow his doctors’ advice not to attend the event.
Zuma was granted medical parole on September 5, two months into his 15 months sentence for contempt of the Constitutional Court, allowing him to serve the remainder of his sentence at home.
After the medical parole was granted, Zuma’s supporters, who have steadfastly maintained that he should not have been jailed for his defiance of a court order to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture, started preparing for today’s rally, which is expected to overshadow political parties’ campaigning for the upcoming local government elections.