Jacob Zuma’s ‘powerful friends’ issue warning to the courts

Former President Jacob Zuma has returned home from Cuba after receiving medical treatment on the Carribean island. With Msholozi’s critics questioning the validity of his ailments, Saturday was a day for his supporters to rally around the 77-year-old and show their support for him – no matter how committed they are.

What we know about Jacob Zuma’s illness

Zuma’s illness has remained a mystery for some months. The ex-head of state has previously claimed the cause of his illness is a matter of national security, and therefore cannot be divulged publicly. He also told the judiciary that his medical treatment is related to an alleged poisoning incident in 2014.

However, the Pietermaritzburg High Court resoundingly rejected a sicknote he submitted to the judges, and it was decided that Jacob Zuma was merely playing “hooky”. An arrest warrant has been issued for JZ, should he fail to turn up in court on 6 May. That really hasn’t gone down well with his cabral of “powerful friends”.

Supra Mahumapelo issues a fierce ultimatum

ANC stalwart Supra Mahumapelo lead the disgruntled rallying calls against the NPA, and shared an ominous message for the courts: He warned that a case against Zuma is a case against all of his supporters, too:

“We don’t care about the consequences, we don’t care what will happen, everything has already happened to some of us. We want to say to all those who have got an issue with President Zuma, that particular day, you touch Zuma, you touch us.”

Supra Mahumapelo

Friends, colleagues and comrades mobilise for Jacob Zuma

Meanwhile, Carl Niehaus – an ANC veteran of 40 years – warned authorities that Jacob Zuma and his close allies are “denouncing the decision” to issue the arrest warrant. Mzwandile Masina is the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, and he’s previously promised “to do jail time for Zuma”. He was also there to support his comrade:

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