The case against Jacob Zuma, which sees the former president facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering, has been provisionally postponed until November 30. Zuma addressed supporters outside court afterwards.
“We are going to vote next year, right? Let’s convert this support into real power.”
Zuma thanks the crowd and breaks out into his familiar song, “uMshini wami”.
“Us, as Africans, we like to accept things as they are. White people came in their ships, oppressed us and took our land and economy. It’s not God that decided on that.”
“We like fighting amongst ourselves… let this same support be in the votes.”
“Freedom is not complete as we only have political power, not economic power.”
Crowd to Zuma: “We vote for you!”
Zuma: “We still need the majority to correct the things that have not been corrected… Don’t say you won’t vote because you don’t like a certain person. There’s nothing wrong with voting for Mngxitama. Vote for him, he wants to fix things.”
“I know it was cold last night, but you were here to show that you will protect anyone. I am strong. You can see that. I am not weak. You can see that I am really strong…”
“I don’t need to be asked to campaign. I have a full right of campaigning for the organisation. I want the organisation to win with the two-thirds majority.”
“I thought I should give you that picture because it’s important to have it.”
“The prosecutor was saying he is ready to argue the case. He was asked how he’s ready if he says he still wants to add a charge… There are also a lot of documents that must be studied.”
“The judge said he agrees with the defence that the case should no longer be argued and postponed for them to come give reasons. If they continue to argue, it won’t be a fair case. My lawyers are confident that they will win this case… they are not scared of the case. My lawyers say it should just end.”