Former South African president Jacob Zuma has thrown his hat into the ring for a comeback bid as the nation’s leader. The announcement came during a prayer service at the Nazareth Baptist Church, commonly known as the Shembe church, in Ndwendwe, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on a Saturday afternoon.
Expressing his desire to return to the presidency, Zuma stated, “I was quickly removed before the end of my term as president because I was trying to change people’s lives, but their behavior has made me want to come [back]. I want to return to change our situation,” addressing the gathered congregation.
Zuma, who had previously declared his intention to campaign for the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) party instead of the ANC, the party he formerly led, sought the support of church members and requested their prayers ahead of the upcoming general elections.
This move comes amidst mixed reactions and varying opinions on Zuma’s political career, with some viewing his return bid favorably, while others express skepticism. As the political landscape in South Africa evolves, Zuma’s decision adds an intriguing dimension to the upcoming elections.