- Jacob Zuma apparently believes that his push for the SA to join BRICS is the reason he is no longer president
- The former president says he believed the establishment of the bank would end the cycle of poverty impeding black citizens
- Msholozi reportedly blamed his support of the endeavour for his premature removal from office
Jacob Zuma feels that the blame for economic challenges has been placed on his shoulders because he had pushed for the establishment of BRICS.
TimesLIVE reports that the former president had been behind South Africa joining the coalition with Brazil, Russia, India and China because he had believed it would bring change into the lives of poor citizens.
Speaking at a memorial lecture for the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Zuma revealed that he believed this was the real reason behind his removal as president.
During his eulogy for the politician, Zuma said he had been motivated to join BRICS because western nations had not been kind to the ANC during the liberation struggle, reports The Citizen.
The ex-president criticised western countries for only approaching the ruling party after democracy had been obtained.
Zuma reportedly claimed that these same nations had pushed for his removal once they learnt of his intention to create the BRICS bank.
Adding to his list of allegations, Zuma said that his efforts to fast-track improvements in the lives of poor black South Africans had only added more pressure to remove him:
“They saw it was even better if I don’t complete my term … I was going to do a lot. I was really going to do it."
The ANC's bid to complete the decolonisation of the country has yet to be followed through, says Zuma:
“Those who controlled the economy, still control it. In other words, we are still colonised. We were only decolonised politically. When you speak like that, the clever ones look at you as a fool."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Pietermaritzburg High Court had ruled that the former president will indeed stand trial for 18 charges of corruption and fraud next week.
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