- BLF leader Andile Mngxitama has apologised to Jacob Zuma for calling on him to pay back the money for the Nkandla upgrades
- Mngxitama is a former EFF MP and was a vocal opponent of the former president
- He said he had made a political mistake when he called on Zuma to pay back the money and now wanted forgiveness
Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama on Saturday, apologised to former president Jacob Zuma for calling on him to pay back the money for some of the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.
Mngxitama was speaking at the BLF Black Caucus event in Johannesburg on Saturday. He said he had made a political mistake in asking Zuma to pay back the money because nobody had ever called on ABSA to repay the money.
Mngxitama was an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP) at the time of the Nkandla saga and at the time was a vocal opponent of Zuma.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mngxitama told delegates, guests and Zuma himself that he had made a political mistake and was now asking for Zuma’s forgiveness.
Zuma attended the event to deliver the keynote speech about radical economic transformation and land reform. The former president was warmly welcomed by those in attendance.
Zuma said South Africa faced a socio-economic crisis because of the disposition of land. He said black people were evicted by white-settlers and the laws were changed to normalise the theft of land.
“Our problems did not start in 1913 ... they started a long time ago. I don’t know why people should pretend it never happened,” he said.
Zuma added: “There was no poverty and unemployment ... all of the problems started after people were dispossessed of the land.”
He said although the ANC had 24 years to address the land issue all of its attempts had been met by resistance. Zuma said, although South Africa had achieved political freedom, economic freedom and power remained nothing more than a dream.
“Ours is a sad story. We are not saying they shouldn’t have the land, but we are saying they cannot have the land while we don’t,” he said.
Zuma’s warm reception turned sour when he left shortly after concluding his speech, those who paid R350 per ticket for the event were originally promised that Zuma would be available after the speech to conduct personal engagements.
Since leaving office Zuma has garnered massive support from BLF who call him the people’s president.
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