‘SA Police Minister On His Way To See Zuma In Nkandla’

As the deadline to arrest former South African President Jacob Zuma expires at midnight, a delegation of senior police officers led by Police Minister Bheki Cele was expected to visit Nkandla on Wednesday.

Cele has until Wednesday midnight to comply with a ConCourt order directing him to get Zuma arrested so he could start serving his 15-month sentence.

He could be charged with contempt of court if Zuma was not arrested by midnight.

The ConCourt imposed the 15-month jail sentence on Zuma after he had disobeyed the court’s order compelling him to appear before the Zondo Commission investigating allegations of state capture.

News24 reported sources within the ANC national executive committee (NEC) saying senior party leaders have requested Cele to first engage with Zuma before police move into Nkandla and arrest him. An ANC NEC member was quoted as saying:

Even though Zuma missed an opportunity to ensure that his arrest was a dignified one by handing himself to the police as per the ConCourt’s order, storming into his home and putting him in handcuffs should be a last resort.

That’s why it was felt that the police minister should first give Zuma an opportunity to hand himself to the nearest police station.

Cele, who said police did not want Zuma’s arrest to result in “loss of life” was on Wednesday morning rumoured to be on his way to Nkandla for a meeting with Zuma.

Meanwhile, Zuma has lodged papers with both the Pietermaritzburg High Court and the ConCourt in a bid to have his sentence and conviction set aside.

Earlier in the week, Cele wrote to the ConCourt asking the court whether police should go ahead and arrest Zuma, but on Wednesday he said police would arrest Zuma irrespective of whether the ConCourt has responded to his letter.

More: News24

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2 comments on “‘SA Police Minister On His Way To See Zuma In Nkandla’

  1. Zuma must be left alone, this is apolitical issue, how can a78year old pensioner be sent to jail as if he had killed a person?

  2. Sadly south Africa has slid back to apartheid, msholozi fought these imperialists that is his crime ,history will judge this current leadership of the anc as the one that sold their souls back to their former masters,long live President Zuma

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