Former president, Jacob Zuma, described his two month imprisonment as being just like the one under the apartheid government where people were jailed without trial.
He was virtually addressing his supporters who held a prayer service in his honour in Durban on Thursday. Thousands of Zuma supporters gathered at the People’s Park at the Moses Mabhida stadium to attend a welcome home prayer and said he was unfairly treated by the ANC and the Judiciary.
Zuma couldn't join his supporters because of his parole conditions and instead addressed them from his Nkandla home.
The former president said his imprisonment was unconstitutional adding that he remains a prisoner under very strict parole conditions. He reiterated that he was wrongfully sentenced to jail.
Zuma was recently released on medical parole after serving two months of his 15-month sentence for refusing to testify before the state capture commission.
“It is this state that has imprisoned me for contempt of court without trial. Something has gone terribly wrong in our country. I remain a prisoner under very strict parole conditions, it feels like what house arrest and banning orders must have felt like during colonial apartheid government," Zuma said.
He however added that persecuting him started decades ago with plans to remove him from elected ANC leadership positions as well as the ones the governing party deployed him to in a democratic government.
"The judicial commission of inquiry was a final measure of those who fear what I represent," said Zuma.
He said while judges make mistakes because they are human beings, they also have personal views and beliefs.
’Let me be clear, the commission has surfaced evidence of corruption on the part of various people. The evidence will be tested in due course and appropriate decisions taken,” said Zuma.
According to the JZ Zuma Foundation, the event celebrated his release from prison. The prayer session was also attended by suspended ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, ANC Women’s League president, Bathabile Dlamini and uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson, Carl Niehaus.
Radical Economic Transformation Champion, Nkosentsha Shezi said people like him want Zuma to become ANC president again and urged South Africans to go out in numbers to vote for the party in municipal elections.
‘’We cannot punish the ANC as it has done nothing wrong, but we can take out all corrupt leaders in the party’," said Shezi.