Scores of South Africans, especially supporters of former President Jacob Zuma have taken to the streets to protest for his release. In a series of viral videos on social media, the protestors are seen in their numbers shouting the name of the 79-year old.
In separate videos, some of the protesters were seen blocking roads in KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma’s home province with others burning some objects. As on Saturday July 10th, 2021, the police reported the arrest of some 28 people whilst closing some of the country’s biggest highways following the violent protests.
Jacob Zuma Surrendered himself to the police following a warning issued by the police to arrest him if he fails to report after getting caught-up in legal webs for contempt. The former president who got his appeal against the arrest suspended by the court was sentenced to a 15-month jail term.
Zuma earlier said he was ready to go to jail after failing to appear before the Zondo commission of enquiry which was supposed to probe him for Allegations of State Capture and corruption.
Dissatisfied with the consistency with which Zuma disregarded their calls, the commission approached a constitutional court demanding the arrest and punishment of the former president.”There are strong reasons why Mr Zuma should be imprisoned and he should be fined or receive a suspended sentence.” Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
However, the former president released a statement on March 25th, 2021 explaining why he failed to appear before the commission. Mr. Zuma stated that, he demanded the recusal of Deputy Chief Justice who he claimed exhibited biases towards him over the period but this was not honoured so he felt he won’t get fair treatment.
In the statement made up of 26 solid points, Jocob Zuma further referred to the judiciary as a corrupt organ, calling them autocratic stooges. He said finally that he is not afraid to go to jail; “they can put my physical body behind prison doors, however, my spirit is free to speak against the injustice of the imprisonment” he said.