'SA was better under Zuma' - Supra, supporters sing Msholozi praise

Scores of people - some clad in yellow T-shirts bearing Jacob Zuma's face - sang and danced all day, showing support to the former president.

Others like the MK Veterans Association who were draped in military attire, spent the whole day united in song and slogans as Zuma testified before the state capture commission of inquiry.

They came from different structures of the ANC including the Radical Economic Transformation Champions, party branches from Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal as well as student movement Cosas. The latter raised eyebrows as they had, among them, pupils in school uniform.

The department of education in Gauteng had not responded to questions by the time of going to print, but Cosas provincial secretary in Gauteng, Teboho Magafane, said the pupils did not bunk school for Zuma.

He said they joined the Zuma supporters while on their return from submitting a memorandum at Prasa to highlight issues including that they arrive late at school because of their trains.

"What we want to say as young people is what Zuma told us, that education comes first. So today those kids did not bunk school because of president Zuma," Magafane said.

But he said that Cosas believed Zuma deserved their support because he cared about education. "Remember, Cosas believed in president Zuma and president Zuma believed in them. He addressed their issues based on the constitution of the ANC that free education must be implemented, he did that."

Magafane said they were supporting Zuma as he was being projected negatively, "since he had been in exile, by spies and white monopoly capital".

Former North West premier and a Zuma loyalist, Supra Mahumapelo, said there were people who sought to destroy Zuma's legacy. He said various achievements by Zuma including ensuring access to ARVs to people living with HIV/Aids were downplayed.

"As we speak today, life expectancy in South Africa has gone up. Even when you go into the manifesto of the ANC, you will see that one of the reasons people voted for the ANC is because under his leadership life expectancy went up.

". these facts that I'm talking about, please say so tomorrow that I'm not talking the truth because that is the truth and there is no truth that is more than that truth. That under Msholozi, South Africa became better than it was ever before. You may not like it, you may hate him for your reasons but when truth is supposed to be told please tell the truth," said Mahumapelo.

Former president Jacob Zuma addressed his supporters outside the commission of inquiry into state capture in Parktown after his first day of testimony on July 15, 2019.

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