Zuma recounts apartheid police arrest during Groot Marico monument launch

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Zeerust – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday recalled the day in 1963 when he, along with 51 others were arrested by the apartheid security branch police.

Zuma was speaking at the launch of the Groot Marico Heritage Site and Liberation Heritage Route of Bokone Bophirima near Zeerust, in the North West.

Speaking of that fateful day, June 8, 1963, Zuma said he and other freedom fighters left Johannesburg in four minibus taxis (combis) and a private car driven by their commander, Lombard Mbatha.

Mbatha would accompany the comrades to the Botswana border for their crossing into exile and back again for their return to South Africa.

On that day, there were 52 people including Mbatha.

"Three combis plus him [Mbatha] were arrested in the evening and our driver, who thought he was bright, did not follow the national road, he wanted to take shortcuts and he got lost.

"So we stopped in the morning and he told us we could not go because people only get dropped off at night, not during the day..."

Zuma promises to tell his story

Zuma, who was 21 years-old at the time, said the group of men forced their driver to continue driving.

The men were eventually stopped by security branch police but they did not even know they were in grave danger until they were taken to Zeerust for questioning.

"So we are sitting in the van and this policeman told us in Setswana that three combis and a private car had been arrested and taken to Pretoria. He asked us where we were going, but we did not understand what he was saying."

A comrade whose code name was Piet Mahlangu whispered to the men: "Kuphelile madoda (It is over gentlemen)."

"That is when we realised that the whole group was arrested... We were eventually taken to a Marabastad police station where we were beaten, and beaten and beaten..."

He said the monument was important because it told of events that he would never forget.

Zuma said, once again, that he would write a book in which he would tell his story, his way.

"I am giving you snippets because I am going to write a book with the greatest details including what happened."

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http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...-during-groot-marico-monument-launch-20171004
 

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What are the chances he's embelishing the encounter? This is JZ after all. I wager the book will be released before 2019 general elections. A screen adaptation will probably be commissioned and produced for tv. He's delaying appointment of SABC board and meeting key employees in private.
 
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I wonder if his book will have a full disclosure of the public funds he stole, all the bribes he solicited, and all the extramarital affairs.
 

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Now I see why they blame apartheid for everything, I also blame apartheid. If they killed him and his fellow scum there we wouldn't have the f**k for president.
 

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I wonder if his book will have a full disclosure of the public funds he stole, all the bribes he solicited, and all the extramarital affairs.
It's his book, his rules, none of that nonsense will find it's way into his book, maybe we will see the names of those who are stealing public funds, he knows who they are and he is watching them.
 

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You do realise in order to write a book, you have to be able to actually write. Wonder if he knows what a pencil is. Even though writing is now done on computer.
 

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So one monument at Groot Marico where he was arrested, and another at Saxonwold Shebeen where he was captured?
 

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TBH he should've been beaten to death and I feel no shame saying that. The way he has damaged this country pales in comparison.
 

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We were eventually taken to a Marabastad police station where we were beaten, and beaten and beaten...
Not hard enough, obviously..

Shame, I wonder if this incident was the one to cause him to lose his mind?
 
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I just do not know if I would ever believe anything he writes.
Can his supporters read?
( Not ANC Supporters His in general )
 

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‘I’m proud of my Zuma statue’

The man who created a six-metre monument of President Jacob Zuma in Groot Marico, North West, says he is proud of the work that took him two months to complete. Chris van de Vyver, a boiler maker and fireball artist was appointed by the provincial department of arts, culture and traditional affairs to construct what he says is his biggest project yet.

Van de Vyver, 47, a sculptor based in Gauteng, started his career four-and-half years ago. “There is no one higher than him [Zuma] in the country. I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to take it serious as it was something big’, and it came out nice. I am proud of it.” Van de Vyver of Fireball SA was the runner-up in the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association awards art category for the creation of stainless steel sculptures last year.

He told Sowetan that he saw an advert in a newspaper looking for artists who could create the monument commemorating Zuma’s site of arrest in Groot Marico at a price lower than R6-million. He did not want to say how much he was paid for the work but insisted it was less than the initial R6-million quoted.
He said his job only followed the specifications given in the newspaper advert and he used his “God-given talent” to come up with the idea. The stones he used on the walls that form part of the Liberation Heritage route were taken from the Marico River. Van de Vyver has never met Zuma but hopes to do so. “I still believe that I will meet him, I would like to meet him.”

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