Jacob Zuma, the master of the delaying tactic, gives it one last blast

Lungani Zungu

Jacob Zuma is not going to prison without a fight.

So it’s back to his time honoured tactic throughout this marathon legal fight – stall.

His legal team, led by advocate Dali Mpofu, is trying to appeal his sentence even though the highest court in the country said it is unappealable.

The former president filed an unusual eleventh-hour application on Friday to have the ConCourt’s 15-month prison sentence reversed.

In his application, which has been seen by Scrolla.Africa, Zuma said sending him to jail will have no constitutional value, but will serve as a “political statement”.

He also said because of his old age of 79 he needed regular therapy.

Zuma was ordered to hand himself over to the police in Nkandla or Johannesburg by Sunday.

As well as challenging this decision, his gun-and-spear-wielding supporters have threatened to shut the country down if he is arrested. 

These threats forced the ANC top six, led by party president Cyril Ramaphosa, to postpone the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which was scheduled to happen this weekend.

“In arriving at this decision the National Officials were mindful of the situation developing in KwaZulu-Natal,” said deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte in a statement.

She added that the ANC would provide leadership to avoid “violence, injury, or loss of life.”

A leaked warrant of committal revealed that Zuma would serve his time in the Westville Prison in Durban.

Zuma has been handed a jail term after he refused to appear before the state capture commission of inquiry, chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, who is now acting as chief justice as of Friday.

The pro-Zuma protests swept across many cities in KZN, including in Durban and some parts of the Eastern Cape.

Outside his Nkandla home, his backers chanted struggle songs while others fired guns in the air. Some carried spears and shields, made of cow hides, and sung traditional war songs.

Zuma is expected to address his supporters on Saturday or Sunday in Nkandla.

Carl Niehaus, his loyal backer, addressed the media in Nkandla and vowed to defend Zuma from going to jail.

“We will fight until justice is served against Msholozi,” he said, vowing that Zuma will not go to prison.

However, Police Minister Bheki Cele said they would comply with the ruling of ConCourt to take Zuma to prison if he rebelled against the ruling.

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