The words of former South African president Jacob Zuma when he addressed a sea of supporters on Friday in Durban was a heartfelt wish, a very painful one as it was, in light of the alleged political conspiracy against him.
“One day they will wish the case never continued,” he said, according to a report from News 24.
Zuma was dressed in the African National Congress colors of green, gold, and black, when spotted outside the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban during his brief appearance .
The proceedings got under way at 09:30 but was over after about 10 minutes.
However, the prosecuting judge postponed Zuma’s trials to June 8.
The former South African president is facing 16 charges relating to 783 payments he allegedly received in connection with the controversial arms deal.
Speaking in isiZulu to a large crowd gathered outside the court, Zuma defended his name and said it had been dragged through the mud, adding that the case had been reinstated for political reasons.
Zuma also pointed out that 13 years have passed since he last appeared in court for the same charges and blamed opposition parties for the case’s return to court.
“Opposition parties turned to the courts because they had failed in Parliament,” he told the crowd.
“They don’t say: ‘There are allegations against Zuma.’ They only say: ‘Zuma is corrupt.'”
Zuma thanked the crowd for supporting him, as they had previously, and made claims on his innocence, also stressing that he was being treated like a criminal.
”Our country’s Constitution states that the accused is innocent until proven guilty,” Zuma told the crowd. “However, there are some people, even people whom I trusted, who have judged me as guilty already… The truth will be revealed in time.”
He continued, “Your presence here shows that you understand the Constitution and law that well.”
Zuma was quoted as belting out Umshini Wam (Bring me my machine gun) before leaving the court premises.