Former President Jacob Zuma made his first public appearance in Nkandla on Saturday, only days after his son, Edward, promised bloodshed to keep his father out of prison.
Zuma hadn’t been seen in public since the Constitutional Court sentenced him to 15 months in prison for contempt of court after he refused to testify before the state capture commission.
He went out of his residence just before 3 p.m., shielded by Zulu warriors and surrounded by fans, wearing a Covid-19 mask. As he walked around the stage from where his son had just spoken, the audience erupted in applause, and he returned to his home.
Edward mentioned a war just before his father arrived, saying that no one cared about the Covid-19 virus or prophylactic precautions in a war situation.
Zuma’s supporters don’t give a hoot about viruses and Covid-19 protocols, Edward said in a fiery address to hundreds of restless supporters, many dressed in ANC regalia and Zulu traditional attire, at his father’s homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
“We do not care about the police. But should they dare come close to Zuma’s house, there will be bloodshed,” he said. “If they provoke us, we will give them the bloodshed that they want. Nkandla is on a total shutdown. Zuma is not going anywhere even if he elects to do so we will stop him.”
[WATCH] Former president @PresJGZuma, singing as he is flanked by Amabutho, MKMVA Veterans and members of his protection detail outside his house. #ZumaJudgement #ZumaConCourtRuling pic.twitter.com/cjUZvDtG4Y
— Mabaso Nhlanhla (@_NMabaso) July 3, 2021
#ZumaJudgement Former President @PresJGZuma seen in public for the first time after the @ConCourtSA judgement. He’s flanked by Amabutho as he leaves his house for a brief moment. He has since returned to his house. #eNCA pic.twitter.com/qGXWlZB6eQ
— Siphamandla Goge (@SiphamandlaGoge) July 3, 2021