Watch | Defiant Jacob Zuma speaks publicly for the first time since his imprisonment

Former President Jacob Zuma is speaking for the first time since his imprisonment after his contempt for a court ruling that led to his 15-month prison sentence.

Speaking at the “Welcoming Home Prayer” held by the JJ Zuma Foundation, the former head of state said “a terrible mistake has occurred in our country”.

“The main aspects of the unconstitutional disaster that ended with my current imprisonment is the repetition of, yes, I am still a prisoner under strict conditions of parole.”

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He said that there have been numerous attempts to remove him from any leadership position in the ANC and the government since 1994.

He claimed that “the judicial investigation committee was the last measure for those who feared what I represented. There is no legislation under which anyone can direct the president to appoint an investigation committee.”

Zuma continues to insist that the investigation of the state takeover was unconstitutional and illegal, because the public defender Thule Maduncilla ordered that the power to appoint his chief be taken out of his hands.

She explained that this was to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest, as Zuma, his son, his friends and the Gupta family were all implicated in the alleged wrongdoing that the commission was tasked with investigating. Chief Justice Dunstan Mlambo and two other judges agreed.

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