The situation remains tense at Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal as the deadline for the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma looms.
The Police Ministry says if it doesn’t receive a response from the office of the Acting-Chief Justice by the end of business on Wednesday, they will have no choice but to effect the arrest warrant against the former President.
An SABC News reporter witnessed three police vehicles being turned away from the former President’s home earlier on Wednesday. It is not clear why the vehicles were turned away.
“A short while ago we saw three police vehicles trying to enter the main gate of former President Jacob Zuma’s home but a gentleman wearing the MKMVA (Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association) regalia approached them and they turned back and drove off. So we don’t know what they were here for but they, unfortunately, could not gain access to the home,” notes the reporter.
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Media continues stakeout at Zuma home in Nkandla
Meanwhile, local and international media houses continue to camp outside former President Zuma’s home in Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
A number of police vehicles have been spotted in the area on patrols. One street vendor has erected a gazebo, selling ANC regalia.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Police Ministry said that if it does not receive a response from the office of the Chief Justice by the end of business today, police will have no choice but to effect the arrest warrant against former president Jacob Zuma. On Tuesday, the son of former President Zuma, Edward reiterated that he will not allow police to arrest his father.
Additional reporting by Fanele Mhlongo