- Former president Jacob Zuma addressed a crowd of supporters gathered in Durban
- Zuma made a brief appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday morning, his corruption matter was postponed until 27 July
- Zuma told the crowd that now that he was no longer president he could say whatever he wanted to say about other organisations
Former president Jacob Zuma made a brief appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday morning and took the time to address a crowd of his supporters after his court appearance.
Zuma gave an impassioned speech during which he told the crowd that he could say whatever he wanted about other organisations now that he was no longer bound by the responsibility of being president of the country.
Zuma echoed comments which he made on Wednesday night when he warned his critics to stop discussing him in their meetings. He again warned other leaders and organisations to stop discussing him.
Zuma told the crowd that while he was president he had to be diplomatic and careful about what he said in public and could not always respond to attacks on him.
Briefly.co.za gathered that while Zuma did not mention the South African Communist Party (SACP) or its leader Blade Nzimande by name, it is thought that his warning was aimed at the party.
On Monday Briefly.co.za reported that the SACP had blamed Zuma for an apparent backlash in KwaZulu-Natal against President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Zuma also took some time to thank all of those who had come to support him.
The former president appeared to be in high spirits and was by all accounts pleased by the court’s decision to move the matter back to Pietermaritzburg.
Zuma also spoke about free education and said the black majority had been deprived of education in order to keep them poor. Zuma said if it was up to him all education in the country would be free and compulsory.
News24.com reported that Zuma said if he could have he would have made it a criminal offence not to go to school.
Zuma closed off his address by singing his trademark song: Umshini'wam' song! "Auw lethu umshini'wam", (bring my machine gun).
Earlier the Durban High Court agreed to postpone the corruption matter against Zuma and Thales, this after the NPA and Zuma requested the postponement.
The NPA said it needed time to study the request by Thales to have the matter withdrawn, while Zuma said he needed time so he could get clarity from the Presidency regarding payment of his legal fees.
The matter will resume in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 27 July.
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