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South African Police plan to arrest ex-president Zuma

By midnight on Wednesday, in the absence of any further instruction from the Constitutional Court, Police Ministry spokeswoman Lirandzu Themba said.
Image: Emmanuel Croset/AFP/Getty Images

South African police plan to arrest former President Jacob Zuma by midnight on Wednesday in the absence of any further instruction from the Constitutional Court, Police Ministry spokeswoman Lirandzu Themba said.

The nation’s top court last week sentenced Zuma to 15 months in jail for defying its order to testify before a panel that’s probing graft and ordered that he surrender to the authorities by July 4, or face arrest within three days of that deadline. Police Minister Bheki Cele sought clarity from the court about the arrest order after Zuma applied to a lower court to have it suspended.

“The police will have to make the arrest by midnight,” Themba said. “Failing to do so would mean the minister and the police commissioner would be in contempt of court. The minister has indicated he is not prepared to be charged for contempt of court.”

The judgment on the application to stay the arrest will be handed down on July 9.

Zuma, 79, remains a powerful political player in South Africa, and his case has been a key test for the country’s democracy and its resolve to uphold the rule of law. He ruled South Africa for almost nine scandal-marred years until the ruling African National Congress forced him to step down in 2018 to stem a loss of electoral support. The government estimates that more than R500 billion ($35 billion) was stolen from state coffers. He denies wrongdoing.

Throngs of Zuma’s supporters gathered at his rural homestead in the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province prior to the July 4 deadline for him to hand himself in to the authorities, though those numbers have since dwindled.

The ANC on Tuesday distanced itself from Zuma’s attempt to discredit the Constitutional Court, and slated threats by his supporters to block his arrest.

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And if they ever get it right he will go directly to the hospital because of near fatal ill health !!!

Bad case of man flu?

He is not a man! He is a total wimp.

Waiting for “Police Ministry spokeswoman Lirandzu Themba” to make that arrest …

Cele has a terrible illness as well -its irritable bowel syndrome. Meanwhile Field Marshal Niehaus is drumming up his ground forces of fellow geriatrics to hinder the police in the execution of their duties. He is also preparing another endless Speech on the sheer injustices happening in the socialist paradise .

A total example of a true banana republic. When commodity prices turn down on the Chinese drop in demand watch the ZAR.

Flee the failed state if you can!

Fantastic news! Just as the ConCourt ruled. Zuma had until Sunday to hand himself in, failing that the police have until Wednesday to arrest him. Looks like everything is still on track, I wait with baited breath!

Investors are going to love this headline from another website: ZUMA SUPPORTERS BLOCK POLICE VEHICLE FROM ENTERING NKANDLA HOMESTEAD.

Couldn’t quite work out why SAPS set midnight to arrest Zuma, then, I thought the covid 19 curfew is 10.00 p.m. so nobody should be milling around the compound. Not sure if this was clever thinking by SAPS or just a line in the dirt for Zuma

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