Former president Jacob Zuma has called on ANC members and supporters not to vent their anger on the party for mistakes being made by party leaders.
He was delivering a virtual address during a prayer meeting in Durban following his recent release from prison on medical parole.
Zuma says instead of staying away from the polls in the upcoming municipal elections, people should rather raise their dissatisfaction at the party’s next national conference.
Zuma says he handed himself over to authorities in July to serve a 15-month prison term for contempt of court, to avoid the potential loss of innocent lives.
Zuma says there was a build-up of security forces in the King Cetshwayo District of KwaZulu-Natal before he handed himself over.
This happened against the backdrop of supporters of the former president at his home at Nkandla, who vowed to prevent his arrest.
Zuma says the security actions appeared to him to be a heavy-handed show of force and an unwarranted threat of violence.
Zuma’s address to prayer meeting:
Political analyst, Professor Barry Hanyane analyses Zuma’s address: