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Zuma’s ‘last words’ as president stun SA [video]

A clip of Jacob Zuma’s last words as president of South Africa has gone viral in the wake of his uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) Party surge in votes following the elections on Wednesday, 29 May

The 82-year-old – a former member of the ANC – has emerged as the frontrunner in the provincial polls in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

JACOB ZUMA’S PARTING PRESIDENTIAL WORDS

In the clip that has gone viral on the X app, Jacob Zuma bids South Africans a fond farewell in his resignation speech in 2018. This followed the ANC’s call for him to step down from office.

However, it seemed Zuma’s parting words were something of a foreshadowing of things to come.

He said: “Thank you….We will meet somewhere.”

The six-year-old clip has stunned many South Africans who believe Zuma’s rise to power again is imminent.

@SakheDolonga: “How did he even know this?”

@Lindz71125084: “Today we are meeting.”

@_waaamiii: “He had it all planned out.”

According to IEC KZN Chief Electoral Officer Ntombifuthi Masinga, the province’s official results were likely to be declared on Sunday, 2 June.

COALITION FOR MK PARTY?

With the MK Party in the running to lead KZN, many South Africans are wondering if a coalition between them and other political parties could pan out.

According to Jacob Zuma’s Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, citizens could expect them to “work with progressive black parties.”

She told the SABC on Thursday of the party’s popularity: “It’s something we’ve been working towards, so we’re not too shocked…wherever we land, we’ll be happy.

She added: “As long as you want land back and nationalisation, we’re on the same page.”

However, it seemed that a pact with the ANC was likely out of the question.

She continued: “As long as they are still run by Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC are not with us.

When asked how Zuma could lead the MK Party while still being a member of the ANC, Duduzile responded, “We trust his judgement; he is very wise.”

ZUMA’S PARTY PROMISES

In February, Zuma outlined a few of his party promises while speaking to a crowd of supporters in Maqongqo, outside Pietermaritzburg, over the weekend.

During his address, the MK Party leader outlined plans for their vision for South Africa.

This included: 

An end to teen pregnancy

Zuma claimed young girls who fell pregnant would be essentially exiled to Robben Island to complete their school education.

“According to the law, a child should not give birth to a child. That’s not life. It’s a disease. We will end it,” he said.

Reintroduce corporal punishment in schools.

Remove Roman-Dutch law from South Africa’s legal system.

He said: “We must be governed by the African law.”

Forbid children from reporting their parents to the police

Forcing young men to join the military

Zuma said: “After Matric, young people, especially young men, will be required to do 12 months of military training. This is how we will defend the country and its people.”

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