Amabutho breaks royal ranks to go and support Jacob Zuma

Lungani Zungu

AmaZulu King Misuzulu kaBhekuzulu and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi have lambasted the Amabutho after they went to Nkandla to support Jacob Zuma.

Buthelezi, who spoke in his capacity as the Zulu Monarch Prime Minister, said the royal house had not sent any Amabutho to the Nkandla compound.

He singled out the leader of Amabutho, Zihogo Maguzumbela Nhleko – popularly known to many as Mgilija – who was at Nkandla on Saturday.

“Mr Nhleko did this without any instruction from the King or the Royal Family, or from me as the traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation,” said Buthelezi in a statement.

Buthelezi said King Misuzulu was against the breaking of the lockdown regulations, which are currently widespread in Nkandla.

The IFP leader will hold a media briefing on Monday morning on the issue of Amabutho, who continue to support Zuma in Nkandla.

Zuma is facing 15 months in prison for defying two court orders telling him to appear at the state capture commission of inquiry, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

The ConCourt gave Zuma five days, which ends on Sunday, to hand himself in to the police.

On Friday he applied to have this ruling reserved.

The ConCourt will hear Zuma’s argument on Monday, 12 July. 

This is Zuma’s last desperate bid to avoid going to prison.

His supporters have been posted at Nkandla ever since the court ruling on Tuesday.

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