Watch: MKMVA sets up barrier at Nkandla [video]
MKMVA operatives have made it clear that no man will escort Jacob Zuma out of Nkandla without retaliation.
Former president Jacob Zuma’s impending arrest may be scuppered by MKMVA operatives who have set up a barrier at the entrance of the Nkandla homestead.
MKMVA sets up barrier at Nkandla homestead
On Tuesday morning, as the Constitutional Court handed down its ruling in Zuma’s contempt case, a group of the ANC’s armed forces was seen blocking the entry to Nkandla.
#Zumaverdict Outside former President @PresJGZuma's home at Nkandla. MKMVA members have been stationed here for about four months now awaiting today's @ConCourtSA judgement on the former President's appearance at @StateCaptureCom. #eNCA pic.twitter.com/G7U5hzxSRI— Siphamandla Goge (@SiphamandlaGoge) June 29, 2021
This, more than anything, was a clear directive to Police Minister Bheki Cele, whose responsibility is to ensure that the former president complies with the apex court’s decision.
All eyes will turn to Nkandla after Justice Sisi Khampepe delivered a scathing ruling against the former president, effectively sending the 79-year-old to prison for one year and three months.
Zuma has five days to hand himself over to the Nkandla police station, where he will be processed as a prisoner and sent to a correctional services facility to honour his 15-month term.
Failure to adhere to these instructions will force Cele to step forward and lead a team of police officers to cuff Zuma at his gated estate.
Thus far, no official statement has been released by the ANC’s armed forces. We will continue to monitor all activity outside Nkandla and provide updates as they trickle in.
Social media reactions to Zuma prison term
The shocking turn-out at the Constitutional Court has left many South Africans gob-smacked. Even those who expected this result were taken aback by the apex court’s brazen decision, to send a man as powerful as Zuma is, to prison for being in contempt.
Justice Khampepe made it clear that while this ruling was unprecedented and extraordinary, it was necessary to send a very strong message to society: No one is above reproach in the eyes of Lady Justice.
Social media has been abuzz with reactions since the ruling was delivered. Here are some reactions we have picked out.
Today's judgement is a victory for the Rule of Law in South Africa.— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) June 29, 2021
It is clear for all to see that #JacobZuma’s attempts to ignore, undermine and destroy the rule of law will not be tolerated in our democratic society.
Nobody is above the law!
Lady Justice has not just spoken, she has thundered. Former President Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by the Constitutional Court with five days to hand himself over – that's Monday, I think.— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) June 29, 2021
Jail or no jail we will never leave nor forsake Zuma.— Marxist (@Kgomo389) June 29, 2021
We are with you Nxamalala #JacobZuma
Even if you fought for the liberation of South Africa, it doesn’t allow you to spit on the constitution of South Africa. We love the freedom fighters but respect the rule of law and constitution. #JacobZuma #ConCourt— Goolam (@goolammv) June 29, 2021