Zuma Poisoned – Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma said he was poisoned and almost died for demanding radical economic transformation for black South Africans.
He made this claim while he was addressing his supporters in Phongolo, north of KwaZulu-Natal. According to the President, he was marked for the grave just because of his good plans for black South Africans.
His demand for radical economic transformation and agitation for land reform, he said, annoyed some individuals so much that they decided to kill him.
This is the first time the President commented on the reports about him being poisoned. About two years ago, it circulated that one of the President’s wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma poisoned him.
While it’s believed that the President received treatment for the poison in Russia, Nompumelelo would later be ordered to stay off the Nkandla premises by the State Security Minister David Mahlobo.
Was President Zuma poisoned by his wife? The question is yet to be explicitly answered. Nonetheless, here’s what Zuma said:
“I was poisoned and almost died just because South Africa joined BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) under my leadership.
“They said I was going to destroy the country … We fought for freedom why can’t we fight for complete freedom. We are being attacked because we are asking for economic freedom,” stated the President.
Afterwards, Zuma agitated that it’s only right for the African National Congress (ANC) to discipline its MPs who voted with opposition parties for his removal as the country’s President.
He specified that we want the ANC MPs “who have two consciences to make space for those who have an ANC conscience” in the National Assembly.
“Those who say they have their own conscience are comrades who take the ANC for granted. Comrades should have an ANC conscience. We want unity in the ANC, where when decisions are made, all members follow those decisions,” he added.
Zuma stressed the need for ANC to be united as he expressed that he would be happy if the decision makers of the ANC decided to take tough actions against the ANC MPs who joined opposition parties in the attempt to oust him as South Africa’s President.