In a show of strength, former President Jacob Zuma and his foundation will hold a prayer meeting on Thursday, October 14 to greet him in the People's Park at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban from prison. South Africa's Teflon President Jacob Zuma is at the center of the country's politics as he faces a corruption trial. If he does not resign, he will face a no-confidence vote in parliament and he will certainly lose the support of his ruling ANC party.
The Constitutional Court, the nation's highest judicial body, sent Jacob Zuma, former South Africa president, last month to prison for failing to appear before a commission investigating corruption allegations that overshadowed his term between 2009 and 2018 as head of state.
During his time as Vice-President, Zuma enjoyed considerable support from sections of the ANC Left-wing, including many members of the ANC Youth League, South African Communist Party (SACP), and South African Trade Union Congress (COSATU). In 2015 Jacob Zuma is said to have favored his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as his successor as President of the African National Congress (ANC) and President of South Africa to maintain his control over party and state to avoid prosecution on pending criminal charges.
South African opposition parties have claimed state acquisitions after allegations that the Guptas are said to be close to President Jacob Zuma, his family, and other ANC leaders because they were offered cabinet posts and influence over governance.
The ANC won the 2009 general election on May 6th, 2009, and Zuma was sworn in as South Africa president on May 9th, 2009. Although Zuma's popularity has declined, he is still one of South Africa's most colorful and charismatic leaders, and popular with South Africans in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal. His prayer meeting was in response to plans to show President Cyril Ramaphosa a provincial papa.
The group Radical Economic Transformation (RET) used the prayer meeting to put the former president's agenda on the agenda. Zuma's foundation called the event "the Zuma Foundation event," but was criticized for trying to get the ANC in the province to take over the event.
At the start of the corruption trial against Zuma, the money is guaranteed to cast a spell over the entire nation. Zuma has claimed ANC rule would be like returning home, but South Africans have shown no appetite for it. His foundation and the RET group have put together a large organization to organize the prayer meeting.
With parliamentary elections looming in 2019, the ANC seems to be judging that it must get rid of the president if it is to restore its once-proud image with South African voters.
He was elected president in 2009 and re-elected in 2014. 'Some people don't want a black president who shares the country's economy. Zuma, like many others he knows who have lost jobs, believes the government should take care of the economy.
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