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Zuma: a freedom fighter turned ‘spanner boy’ who must be jailed

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Zuma: a freedom fighter turned ‘spanner boy’ who must be jailed

The former president risked his life for a free SA, then sold out to a family of shysters, for which he must pay

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Former president Jacob Zuma celebrated his birthday last month. He turned 80. History will show that this charming man with a hearty laugh was conscientised into politics at a young age, joined the struggle against apartheid and rose up the ranks of the ANC and its army, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

It cannot have been an easy decision to stand up, in the 1960s, to fight apartheid. Joining the ANC or any of the liberation movements in those days was a ticket to torture, jail, exile or a death sentence. Don’t be fooled by the many people who now speak loudly about their role in the fight against apartheid. Statistically very few South Africans joined the struggle. Those who did, such as Zuma, were the brave among us.

Zuma was arrested, jailed on Robben Island, went into exile and fought apartheid from Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and many other territories...

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