Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

South Africa’s police minister, Monday, said he was awaiting court instructions on whether to arrest ex-president Jacob Zuma, who has been given a 15-month jail term for contempt.

The country’s top court last week convicted Zuma for contempt and ordered him to turn himself in by the end of Sunday to start his sentence. If he failed to do so, the police would be told to arrest him within the following three days.

Arrest order halted

But Zuma on Friday lodged a last-ditch application to halt execution of the arrest order. The application will be heard in a high court on Tuesday.

“We hope that we will be getting the clarification, because when we were given the instruction there were no other legal activities taking place,” police minister Bheki Cele told reporters.

Zuma, 79, has also pleaded with the Constitutional Court order to reconsider and rescind its decision to jail him. That challenge will be heard on July 12.

RT @JKwritingz: Scores of former president Jacob Zuma supporters have made their way to #Nkandla after congregating in various places around Durban and Eshowe before making their way to his home. pic.twitter.com/9ACNGd1pJX

– City Press (@City_Press) July 1, 2021

Speaking from his rural home on Sunday night, Zuma said he would not hand himself to the police by the set deadline because of the pending court applications.