Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) announced that the organization will address the media later on Friday afternoon on the former president’s sentence and other developments on the matter.
Mk veterans have been camping outside the former presidents home ever since he found guilty of contempt of court by the Constitutional Court for refusal to commission of inquiry into state capture, and sentenced to 15 months.
The national spokesperson of MKMVA, Carl Niehaus, said they are taking a petition to the High Court over the Constitutional Court’s decision to sentence Zuma to 15 months in prison.
Niehaus further said the petition will also be delivered to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Judicial Service Commission, among others.
On Wednesday an altercation erupted after a police van arrived at the gates of the homestead. MKMVA members stopped the SAPS from entering the premises, heavily outnumbering the police officers on the scene.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the vehicle’s presence was “in line with the local SAPS routine patrol regiment”.
Police have also warned people gathering outside Zuma’s homestead to obey Covid-19 regulations.
The court ordered Minister of Police Bheki Cele and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole to ensure Zuma is arrested and taken to prison in an event that he fails to hand himself over to the police within five days of the judgment.
MK veterans said former president Jacob Zuma should defy the Constitutional Court and not hand himself to prison.
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