Durban – Despite the sweltering heat in Durban, where the temperature rose to 36C on Thursday morning, supporters of former President Jacob Zuma braved her to stage a welcome rally at home.
The rally was held to celebrate his release from prison on medical parole early last year and pray for his recovery as he battles ill health.
Supporters came from near and far, with some of the independent media spotted coming from KwaMashu, north of Durban, while others came from afar from the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.
Prominent people who came to the rally included longtime Zuma supporters like Mzwanele Manyi, Foundation spokesperson Jacob Zuma, Bishop Vusi Dube of the eThekwini community church and former KwaZulu -Natal MEC fort education, Mthandeni Dlungwane.
Also in the middle was Dr. Andile Hlatshwayo, chairman of Ubumbano Lokuthula, one of the first groups that formed when Zuma first embarked on a legal mission with the Zondo commission.
Hlatswayo said their position had not changed as they were still at the former president’s side, hence his presence at the rally.
He also said they will hear Zuma’s appeal to his supporters to support the ANC in the upcoming polls as he is their guide.
Among those confirmed to be present at the time of writing was the chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC, Sihle Zikalala.
The province’s ANC decided to attend the rally to prevent it being used to influence voters against the ANC before the local elections on November 1.
This is because some of Zuma’s supporters mobilized others to avoid the ANC at the polls, claiming that the current party leadership did not do enough to prevent Zuma from being sent to jail for 15 months for contempt. to the Constitutional Court.
With the sweltering heat, some Zuma supporters nearly caused a stampede by trying to make their way through two gigantic marquees mounted in front of the stage, intended for VIP guests.
Marshalls had a hard time trying to engage and reason with them.
It was after a few minutes of negotiations that the situation was resolved.
One of the organizers had to go on stage to implore supporters to sit outside and although against clear evidence in front of everyone denied that there had been any pushing and pushing.
“Comrades, please hold on tight and sit down. Do not arm those who want to signal that there is a stampede.
“There is no rush,” said the unidentified organizer from the scene.
Hundreds of Jacob Zuma supporters brave the sweltering heat of Durban for a welcome rally at home
SourceHundreds of Jacob Zuma supporters brave the sweltering heat of Durban for a welcome rally at home