Cape Town – Former president Jacob Zuma is advocating for changes to the constitution, claiming it is “unfair to African people”.
Speaking at the church of Bishop Bafana Stephen Zondo, Zuma criticised the constitution, saying he was sent to jail in 2021 without committing a crime.
Zuma believes flaws in the constitution were overlooked during negotiations, leading to the imposition of “unfair” laws.
“I am not sure why we applaud the constitution so much and say, ‘This is one of the best constitutions in the world’ because it is not like that,” he said.
He added: “I was arrested without arguing or given a chance to challenge the case in court. The judges, who took my right, because I refused to go to court and gave my lawyers the power to appear on my behalf, were angry and sentenced me to jail.
“I did not know, in a democratic country, I would be sent to jail without committing a crime. The negotiations were not the last stop for our freedom. How can we say we are free, but our land is in the hands of white people? What made us say the constitution is No 1, but it has never removed doubt about the Land Act?.
He pledged to implement urgent changes if his new political party, the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party, takes over governance.
“Once we take over, we will change the law, urgently,” said Zuma.
His comments were met with applause from the crowd.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu