“I Have Been Over Provoked And Never Fought Back” Says Zuma

Zuma's appearance comes a very long time after a standoff with the commission, which he has accused of being biased and lacking the "requisite impartiality".

"I Have Been Over Provoked And Never Fought Back" Says Zuma-Surge Zirc SA
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Former president Jacob Zuma seemed quite emotional during his address at the state capture inquiry. There were a number of chilling expressions from former president Jacob Zuma on the first day of his appearance before the State Capture Inquiry, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Zuma’s appearance comes a very long time after a standoff with the commission, which he has accused of being biased and lacking the “requisite impartiality”.

The previous president, talking before a room pressed with supporters, utilized the morning to share his side of the story and his qualms about the development and work of the commission.

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“You’ll realise that me as an individual, I’ve been a subject of talk in this country for more than a decade. I’ve been vilified, alleged to be the king of corrupt people. I’m the most corrupt, I’ve been given every other name and I’ve never responded.

“I’ve been over provoked.”

Zuma says there are some comrades that have provoked him. “One day, Comrade [Fikile] Mbalula attended an activity in the farm or home of Mr Rupert. And when Rupert saw him, he said ‘ Mr Mbalula, if Zuma removes Pravin Gordhan, we will shut down the economy of this country, you must go and tell him’. And he indeed he told me… Indeed, they did interfere with the rand. I knew it was a deliberate move. Part of the agenda.

“I have survived attempts to kill me. People looking to poison me, or being instructed by their handlers to do so… All emanates from those people who made the plan in the beginning. At some point, they feel I’m not disappearing.”

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Zuma alludes to President Ramaphosa’s ‘wasted 9 years’ statement. He says Ramaphosa was a party to many decisions made during this time.

Zuma now speaking about an operative called Ralph who gave himself name Fear who infiltrated the ANC. He says Ralph operated in Swaziland & caused people to die. He was arrested & confessed. He had actually been recruited by the regime & trained with ANC literature.

He also explains how there was a plot to have him at a music concert which was held at a certain stadium. Zuma said his own life was spared when he did not arrive at an event at a stadium.

“I have been patient, not saying anything. But I have been provoked to the last degree.”

Zuma says Ngwako Ramatlhodi was carrying out instructions when he said Zuma auctioned the country. He claims he was recruited as a student to be a spy.

“I want peace. I want harmony. That is why, those who have done things to me, I am not bitter about them.”

“It is important that before I die, I tell the story.”

Zuma says Redi Tlhabi’s book on Fezekile ‘Khwezi’ Khuzwayo and the rape scandal are also part of the narrative against him.

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