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'Land will have to be taken back by force' Lungisa tells Zuma supporters

Jun 8, 2018
'Land will have to be taken back by force' Lungisa tells Zuma supporters

Controversial African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Councillor, Andile Lungisa, on Friday said that land will have to be taken by force.

Lungisa, who is out on bailon an assault-related case, was addressing throngs of supporters of former President Jacob Zuma, who made a brief appearance at the Durban High Court where he is facing fraud and corruption related charges.

"In every epoch there is a leader of the revolution. The leader of our revolution is Cde Jacob Zuma. We are talking about a hero of our liberation struggle. If we are talking about this phase; when we are talking about the economy of this country; when we are talking about the land in this country [former] President Cde Jacob Zuma is the leader of the revolution in this country," Lungisa said.

"The land question in Souh Africa must be addressed as soon as yesterday because it's a long[standing] issue. We have that responsibility - that is what Cde Jacob Zuma is leading comrades. 

"All over the country, we are supporting Cde Jacob Zuma because he is under attack even during the apartheid times, he was feared."

He said that it was Zuma, Oliver Reginald Tambo and Chris Hani, who were most feared by the apartheid system.

"But the person, who is still alive today is Cde Jacob Zuma. That is why the white monopoly capital, including the white media, is continuing attacking Cde Jacob Zuma because they want to kill Cde Jacob Zuma," Lungisa added.

"We are here as the masses of the country. We are going to defend Cde Jacob Zuma. We did that in Pretoria in the NGC ... we are going to do that today because we must be able to address the issue of land."

He also told those gathered that land was not going to come through only ammending the Constitution.

"Land in this country was taken through wars. Our people, they fought wars of resistance. If we think land is going to come in this country through peaceful means, we are playing comrades. We must be forceful on the question of land," Lungisa said.

"We must be able to take the land by force, without asking for any permission in this country."

The case against Zuma was postponed to 27 July at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

He faces 16 charges - 12 of fraud, one of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money-laundering, related to the controversial arms deal of the late 1990s.

Zuma's supporters held a vigil on Thursday night.

Many of his high-profile supporters - including former Minister, Des van Royen; former North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo; former SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng; Lungisa; KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala and former Minister, Faith Mutambi, were also in court.

Zuma's legal team also told the court it wants the matter around his legal funding resolved before the matter goes to trial in November.