MK Party's Jacob Zuma Says He Should Be Retired but Fighting Thieves, Speaks to Thousands in Orlando

MK Party's Jacob Zuma Says He Should Be Retired but Fighting Thieves, Speaks to Thousands in Orlando

  • uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party leader Jacob Zuma addressed thousands of supporters in Orlando Stadium in Soweto
  • Zuma hit out at critics and highlighted all the issues he aims to tackle after he was voted into power
  • The MK party aims to win a parliamentary majority in the general election so that it can implement reforms without resistance from opponents

PAY ATTENTION: Let yourself be inspired by real people who go beyond the ordinary! Subscribe and watch our new shows on Briefly TV Life now!

Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. With degrees in Journalism and International Politics, she delved into the intricacies of political landscapes at The Citizen newspaper, African News Network and Newzroom Afrika. Pillay has also completed a training course from Google News Initiative.

MK party leader Jacob Zuma wants to settle South Africa.
MK Party's Jacob Zuma wants to retire but says he needs to tackle corruption first. Images: @bhutiwakhona
Source: Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Jacob Zuma, the leader of the uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party, wants to fight against corruption and against those who sold the country out.

Read also

Constitutional Court rules Jacob Zuma is not eligible to run for Parliament in general elections

Zuma addresses Orlando rally.

According to the Mail & Guardian, Zuma criticised political parties that have recently mushroomed, accusing them of being driven by ambitions to be in Parliament rather than to fight for the poor.

Zuma said:

"We have too many political parties who are taking money from white people. Going to Parliament is now a means to an end. We are too old to be fighting thieves, I should be enjoying my retirement with my grandchildren.”

The former president aims to unseat the ANC, his former political home, and has called out leaders in his new party seeking parliamentary positions.

Zuma addressed thousands of party supporters on Saturday afternoon at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto during the MK party's final rally ahead of the 29 May General Election 2024. Supporters, primarily from his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, began arriving at the stadium early in the day, dressed in MK party regalia and singing struggle songs.

Read also

Iran's president Ebrahim Raisi dies in helicopter crash: Mzansi discusses possible cause of accident

Thousands attend rally

When Zuma took the stage, the nearly 37,000-capacity stadium was almost complete. His speech focused on the role of traditional leaders, stating that colonialists had stripped them of their powers and that under the MK party, their authority and dignity would be restored.

According to reports, party leaders stated this was part of a strategy to dispel rumours that the MK party was formed along tribal Zulu lines.

Mzansi weighs in

The party, which gets its identity from the ANC's armed wing, chose Orlando for its last rally, a historic location where the original uMkhonto weSizwe was founded by Nelson Mandela after the Sharpeville massacre, marking the beginning of the fight against the apartheid regime. Netizens were impressed by the turnout, while others were surprised by his statements.

Read reactions here:

@Dingswayo_N shared:

"The guy must be a recording artist and leave politics alone he failed, he will still fail."

Read also

MK party membership: A step-by-step guide to joining uMkhonto weSizwe

@lwangoku99066 commented:

"Power is addictive."

@Akhani34940341 said:

"You can't buy this."

@BluffPower joked:

"I will dance and sing and steal from you... amandla."

@the_L_e_L_o shared:

"I'm so happy, beautiful manifesto, baba, we are behind you."

@@ratone_tsiepe said:

"Yena he can sing but my gawd he’s such an atrocious leader."

Jacob Zuma breaks silence on MK Party leadership tensions

In a related story, Briefly News reported that former president and MK party leader Jacob Zuma has broken his silence over leadership tensions in the uMkhonto Wesizwe Party.

Zuma addressed a prayer service in Durban, his first speaking engagement since reports of his illness last month surfaced.

The statesman spoke against people within the party who were too focused on leadership positions rather than finding ways to improve the country.

Source: Briefly News

Trisha Pillay avatar

Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at

Online view pixel