President Jacob Zuma has for the first time spoken publicly of an attempt on his life.

The President recently survived a vote of no confidence. Many South Africans are calling for his resignation because of State Capture, Leaked e-mails, Nkandla saga, Cabinet reshuffle and current recession.

The President said he was poisoned and almost died because of his stance on socio-economic transformation and land reform.

“I was poisoned and almost died just because South Africa joined Brics (the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa business communities) under my leadership, they said I was going to destroy the country,” Zuma said.

Pres. Zuma told members of the ANC national executive committee in November that there had been three attempts to poison him.

One of the attempts was allegedly carried out by his estranged wife Nompumelelo Ntuli in 2014 and ended up with Zuma being treated in Russia.

Ntuli-Zuma was later chased off the Nkandla homestead and later denied the allegations.

Addressing hundreds of supporters in Phongolo in the north of KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma said he had become a target for calling for radical economic transformation.

“Since we fought for freedom why can’t we fight for complete freedom. We are being attacked because we are asking for economic freedom,” he said.