Durban – A National Prayer service to welcome former president Jacob Zuma following his release from prison is set to take place at the People’s Park, outside Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Thursday.
Although the Jacob G Zuma foundation extended its invitation to a number of faith-based organisation, it could not, however, confirm whether the former president would be attending the service.
The foundation’s spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi said last week that Zuma will be welcomed and prayed for by various churches of all denominations, African spirituality and Traditionalists.
“Zuma is loved by an overwhelming majority of South Africa and all of them have been worried about his incarceration. Some were concerned that horrible things might happen to him while in that incarceration.
“The people of South Africa have not forgotten that he (Zuma) has survived attempts including poisoning.
“People are still grieving that their hero, a true freedom fighter, was dealt with a severe and unjust blue by the judicial system of this country,” said Manyi at a media briefing.
Mzwanele Manyi and Duduzile Zuma briefing the Media about the upcoming National Prayer for President Jacob Zuma scheduled for the 14th of October. pic.twitter.com/p5RukMYvKC
— TK_Nala (@NalaThokozane) October 8, 2021
Meanwhile, reports indicated on Thursday that hundreds of Zuma’s supported had braved the sweltering heat in Durban for the welcome home rally. Among those in attendance were former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, Carl Niehaus and former Ethekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.
— Modibe Modiba (@mmodiba10) October 14, 2021
#JacobZuma just because ANC decided to join the prayer today does not mean we will vote for them we know what they did to our beloved president and November 1st we shall teach them the lesson. pic.twitter.com/qaLv58aW1o
— Asiye Atakul (@ZinhleMasango6) October 14, 2021
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Compiled by Reginald Nhlapo