President Jacob Zuma at the weekend spoke publicly of attempts on his life, saying he was poisoned and almost died because of his stance on socio-economic transformation and land reform.
“I was poisoned and almost died just because South Africa joined Brics (the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa business communities) under my leadership, they said I was going to destroy the country,” Mr Zuma said.
Addressing the African National Congress (ANC) Cadres’ Forum in Phongolo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday, the president said he became a target after calling for radical economic transformation. So according this report there were a total of three attempts to kill him.
In the clip, he doesn’t identify who tried to kill him but says it was someone close to him.
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South African President Jacob Zuma attends the 2nd day of the 53rd National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) on December 17, 2012 in Bloemfontein. Some 4,500 ANC delegates are gathered to nominate candidates to fill the party’s top six positions, with embattled President Jacob Zuma facing a leadership challenge from his deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe. The five day conference, which will go a long way toward deciding who will lead South Africa until the end of the decade. Motlanthe is hoping to wrest control of the party from Zuma. Should he succeed, the ANC’s commanding electoral standing means he is almost certain to become the country’s next president. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN