Former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters have gathered at People’s Park in Durban on Thursday for a prayer service in his honour.
Zuma’s day of prayer
As per the Jacob G Zuma Foundation, the public prayer session will be hosted to celebrate his release from prison, following the granting of his medical parole.
“God created the most beautiful day today,” The foundation said:
“The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright on the People’s Park near Moses Mabhida Stadium eThekwini. God is providing his own vitamin D.”
Watch: Zuma prayer session
Church and community leaders, musicians, and political parties are expected to gather in Durban to celebrate Zuma’s release.
Zuma hasn’t appeared in public since his parole was granted last month.
The foundation on Wednesday called for a “last-minute donation of masks, sanitisers, water or anything” before the gathering.
Watch: The crowd gathers
‘Symbol of oppression’
Earlier this week, the foundation’s spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi briefed the media in Johannesburg on preparations for the event.
Manyi described Zuma as a “symbol of oppression for the people of South Africa”.
He said Zuma would be welcomed and prayed for by various churches of all denominations, African spirituality and traditionalists.
“His excellency, [former] president Zuma, is loved by an overwhelming majority of the people of South Africa and all of them have been very worried about his incarceration”.
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