‘Do not provoke me’ – Zuma warns detractors

DURBAN- Former president Jacob Zuma has “warned” those who continue to speak about him in public not to “provoke” him.

On Wednesday in Durban Zuma told his detractors to keep quiet and discuss their own organisations, not him.

He said, “Not me, because I have things to say about their organisations, but I don’t want to do so because I know why I’m part of the struggle. They must not provoke me.”

Zuma was issuing a warning after delivering a speech on free education at an event organised by the Congress of South African Students (Cosas).

After his speech, he sang Yinde Lendlela and everyone thought he was done for the day but then he issued the warning.

Zuma said the only reason he kept quiet for so long was because he was president at the time and said he needed to be careful about how he handled things and what he says.

He said, “I just want to give that warning. Instead of discussing their own programmes and policies, they sit in their leadership to discuss me. I’m warning them, don’t continue doing it,”

Zum said since he is now no longer president, “I can handle them the way I want. This is just a warning”, and then to signature his song Umshini Wami.

The ANC Youth League’s KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Kwazi Mshengu told those gathered at the venue that the league was worried about Zuma’s “persecution” by the South African Communist Party, seemingly blaming the SACP for Zuma’s legal woes.

“It is not the role of the communist party to spend three days in a meeting discussing Zuma, and then call a media briefing to say they still hate Zuma,” he said.

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