Embattled former President, Jacob Zuma on Thursday during a prayer meeting organized by his supporters at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium narrated why he handed himself over for arrest to authorities in July.
SurgeZirc SA reports that Zuma while addressing supporters virtually revealed that his decision to give in to arrest was to avoid potential loss of lives.
Recall that Zuma was arrested in July to serve a 15-month prison term for contempt of court.
Supporters of the ex-president trooped out in mass and held a prayer session in honour of the ex-presidents. It was gathered that the prayer was held to celebrate his return from hospital.
Zuma during the prayer meeting address added that heavy security personnel was stationed everywhere across the King Cetshwayo District of KwaZulu-Natal before he handed himself over.
He went further to recount that his supporters were all over his house and he felt their lives were at risk as it appeared that the security operatives were ready to implement a show of force if there were any form resistance.
He reiterated that the constitution losing its essential power to build a strong and united nation, as it is now a tool to fight against one’s political opponent.
“The constitution and the rule of law appear to be used as weapons to avenge oneself against political opponents and to suppress alternative viewpoints. The rule of law is losing its essential power to build a strong and united nation,” Zuma added.
Zuma’s legal battle continues as he is facing series of charges in court for his fraudulent involvement with arms maker, Thales in what will be described as one of the biggest scandals in South African politics.
He was alleged to have taking bribes from French company, Thales and receiving over 700 payments amounting to R4 million.