Former president Jacob Zuma addressed a gathering of thousands of supporters on Sunday, July 4 at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
- Zuma accused Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of being biased against him, saying that he abused his powers as a judge.
- “This whole thing was never supposed to happen. My biggest sin was me pointing out that Zondo is biased [against] me, which is my legal right,” said Zuma. “It was one thing when I was saying he was biased but when he went to court to force me [to testify], that to me was a sign that he was abusing his power.”
- Siraj Desai was Zuma’s choice to chair the commission.
- Zuma spoke out about former public protector Thuli Madonsela by saying “That lady took away powers of the president, who is the only person constitutionally empowered to set up a judicial inquiry. She said the commission chairperson must be appointed by the chief justice, which is against the law,” he said.
- He concluded by singing his trademark song, ‘Umshini wami’.
Meanwhile, according to IOL, acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane has raised concerns about the gathering becoming a Covid-19 super spreader as she took to Twitter and wrote, “I shudder to think of the after-effect of [the] Nkandla gathering, with the current Covid-19 [Delta] variant.”
I shutter to think of the after effect of Nkandla gathering with the current variant. After the Pretoria March, Court Protest in Joburg & Marches in Soweto we saw numbers surge to above 26000 last night. pic.twitter.com/GiIOkD3N4o
— Mmamoloko Nkhensani Kubayi (@mmkubayi) July 4, 2021
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