Zuma Greets Supporters At Nkandla: “I Will Fight Police That Try To Fetch Me”

“The judges who are supposed to protect me took my rights away, that means they are conspiring with this certain judge. I then decided I’m not going back to the State Capture Commission or even present myself to the judges,” he said.

Zuma Greets Supporters At Nkandla: "I Will Fight Police That Try To Fetch Me"-SurgeZirc SA
Jacob Zuma/Photo File: Timeslive

Former President Jacob Zuma welcomed thousands of supporters who flocked to Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, claiming that the Constitutional Court judges who imposed a 15-month direct imprisonment sentence for him this week are “conspiring” against him with State Capture Commission head Raymond Zondo.

Zuma is scheduled to address the nation from Nkandla this evening, and police have been dispatched to deal with the rampant violation of lockdown rules in the run-up to his speech. Zuma claimed that the Constitutional Court had regularly violated his rights, forcing him to miss hearings and present testimony.

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“They sat and decided that I must appear before the judge then I said I will appear,” he said. “The second decision was that I must pay the costs when I was not present. Thirdly, they said since we know that a person has a right not to answer questions as per the Constitution but we want Zuma to answer. When I heard that, I said they are provoking me.”

“The judges who are supposed to protect me took my rights away, that means they are conspiring with this certain judge. I then decided I’m not going back to the State Capture Commission or even present myself to the judges,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Vish Naidoo, spokesperson for the South African Police Service (SAPS), said in a statement on Sunday evening that police presence will be increased due to the influx of ANC supporters who defied lockdown regulations on social distancing and gatherings by travelling to Nkandla to support Zuma.

“The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has today further enhanced the operational capacity in KwaZulu-Natal in response to incidents in which people are seen to be undermining the authority of the State including the flouting of the DMA Regulations,” he said.

“During the deployment, SAPS commanders and members on the ground have been provided clear and concise directives, that responses to any and all situations must be informed by proper analysis. To this end, every situation will be assessed and dealt with on its own merit.”

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Many feared that tensions would escalate with police making their presence known, with members of the MKMVA and other supporters of Zuma vowing to protect him at all costs from law enforcement trying to arrest him.

When addressing his supporters on Sunday, Zuma said that he would “fight against police that tried to fetch him”.

Naidoo said that the behaviour of police will be strictly monitored.

“In situations where any operational response by the security forces may potentially result in injury and/or loss of life, a criminal case or cases will be opened against those that have created such situations and criminal action will be instituted against such persons,” he said.

“People are reminded that the country is still under adjusted Alert Level 4 Lockdown, if we are to see a slow down in the spread of the virus, all citizens of the country are urged to strictly adhere to the Disaster Management Act Regulations and failure to do so, including any person organising or being part of gatherings will also result in people being fined or jailed or both.”

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