- More than 300 people joined a night vigil in solidarity with former president Jacob Zuma on Thursday night
- Political, religious and business leaders were joined by supporters in Durban’s Albert Park
- Crowds sang struggle-era songs while religious leaders prayed for Zuma
Religious, political and business leaders were joined by more than 300 people for a night vigil in support of former president Jacob Zuma on Thursday night.
The event was held at Durban’s Albert Park. The crowd broke out in song and dance as the group of leaders took to the stage to offer their solidarity with Zuma.
While the crowds were singing struggle-era songs, religious leaders prayed and offered blessings to the former president. Many of those in the crowd could be seen decked out in ANC t-shirts and colours in open defiance of the ruling party’s earlier request for members not to show ANC colours.
Briefly.co.za gathered that members of the Black First Land First (BLF) organisation and MK Veterans formed a large part of the crowd.
Bishops, pastors and a Moulana were among the leaders who encouraged the supporters in their apparent celebrations. Religious leaders held a moments silence in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed away on Monday.
Sandile Phakati took to the stage and encouraged the crowd to remain strong in their support for Zuma.
“A defence for comrade Zuma is a defence for our nation. Many have gone in the bushes and are hiding since Zuma is no longer leading the country. This war is going to be very long. It needs stamina,” he said.
Phakati said supporters should be ready for a long and tiring battle, he encouraged the gathered crowd to build the youth and student movement.
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