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They’re not going to take him to prison while I’m alive, says Zuma’s son Edward
29 June 2021, 7:32 PM

Former president Jacob Zuma’s son Edward says law enforcement agencies will have to kill him before taking his father to jail.

Edward Zuma was reacting a Constitutional Court judgment, sentencing his father to 15 months in prison.

“Well as Edward Zuma I think my position has been known and I still maintain my position that you know whatever decision are taken by law enforcement to of this country well they have to kill me first, before such thing is implemented, once again I’m saying whatever decision law enforcement agencies decide if that drastic decision happens to be taken then they will have to pass by me, meaning I will lay down my life for President Zuma they are not going to take him to prison when I’m still alive,” he told journalists at the family home at Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

More on the former President’s son’s views in the video below:

MKMVA guarding premises

Members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have vowed to remain on guard outside the former President’s home. They also say they will protect Zuma against arrest.

The Constitutional Court has given Zuma five days to hand himself over to authorities. It found him guilty of contempt of court after he failed to attend the State Capture Commission hearings – despite being ordered to do so by the apex court.

MKMVA members have been camping outside Zuma’s home since April.

MKMVA’s Carl Niehaus reacts to ConCourt’s Zuma ruling:

Pension at stake

Constitutional Law expert, advocate Paul Hoffman says the former President could forfeit his pension if Parliament institutes proceedings against him following the Constitutional Court judgment.

Hoffman says Zuma could face some serious questions in Parliament.

“It is possible that the fitness for office of Mr Zuma will be questioned in Parliament later and he could forfeit his pension as a consequences of that type of proceeding but that proceeding has even started they may be other consequences further down the line,” he adds.

Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, Cathleen Powell, says the ruling is unprecedented.

She elaborates on her views in the video below:

TIMELINE: Jacob Zuma’s contempt of court case
29 June 2021, 3:07 PM

For the first time in South Africa’s history, a former President is headed to jail.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Constitutional Court sentenced Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.

While some are disappointed over the court’s decision, others say it vindicates the court as the ultimate guardian of the Constitution.

Below is the history of the case:

Very tragic day in SA today, says Manyi on Zuma’s prison sentence
29 June 2021, 2:27 PM

Former President Jacob Zuma’s Spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, says the Constitutional Court did not treat Zuma as it would any other citizen.

He was reacting to the 15-month jail sentence South Africa’s Apex Court handed down to the former President on Tuesday morning.

Zuma had defied a summons to testify at the State Capture Commission. In handing down the judgement, Acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe, said Zuma’s defiance of the Constitutional Court had the potential to plunge the constitutional order into crisis.

“President Zuma was not treated equally like the constitution has promised everyone. Zuma is the only person in SA whose right to appeal has been taken away just like that. It is the first time where you go straight from a motion court and skip trial and incarcerate a person. So we have someone who has been incarcerated without a fair trial. It is very tragic day in SA today,” Manyi says.

More on his views in the video below:

The Zumas say they will be escorting the former President to jail:

Some of the religious leaders, who have been supporting Zuma at his court appearances, are saddened by the developments.

“I’ve been listening to the judgement in tears having to listen to the narration of how the former president and the ANC stalwart will be sent to jail without any option, what is he is going to prison for its a situation where him Jacob Zuma versus the Deputy Judge President? What was wrong with Zuma in saying I cannot continue here because I need somebody who is not biased somebody who is going to judge us fairly he has stipulates that he has got a right to say no this presiding judge is not going to be fair to me that is what is sad about the whole scenario,” asks Bishop Vusi Dube.

UDM’s Bantu Holomisa reacts to the news:

‘Vindicated’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Zuma’s sentence is a vindication of their long standing efforts to hold him to account.

DA leader, John Steenhuisen, says the party has relentlessly pursued a case against Zuma for 12 years.

He says long before Zuma was public enemy number one, they had warned that he was destroying the country and subverting the constitutional order to enrich his friends and his family.

“For years he was protected and corseted by the ANC. For years they defended him knowing fully well what he was doing to South Africa. We call on Mr Zuma to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and to hand himself over to begin to serve the sentence,” says the DA leader.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says the ruling vindicates the Constitutional Court as the ultimate guardian of the Constitution. CASAC’s Executive Secretary – Lawson Naidoo – has described the court’s decision as significant.

“It is really an affirmation of the importance of the rule of law that underpins our constitutional foundation. That nobody is above the law and that the legal system needs to be treated with respect and not with contempt. The judgement read by acting deputy chief justice Khampepe used very strong language throughout and I think it send a very clear message as to how unhappy the court has been with Mr Zuma’s conduct in the face of these charges for contempt of court. There is obviously no where to appeal a decision of the Constitutional Court. And the order of the court is final and binding. Jail time awaits Mr Zuma,” he says.

Zuma has been given five days to hand himself over to the police – at either Nkandla police station or Johannesburg.

Social gatherings, alcohol sales banned as SA moves to adjusted level 4 lockdown
27 June 2021, 10:58 PM

South Africa is moving to COVID-19 adjusted lockdown Level 4 this week, with all social gatherings prohibited.

Funerals are restricted to a maximum of 50 people. No night vigils or post-funeral gatherings are permitted.

In his address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa says government’s focus is on limiting social contact to flatten the curve and contain the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“We are still standing, because we are a resilient people that has overcome the worst many times in our history. Now a third wave is gathering in strength and force. Once again, we find ourselves at a defining moment in our fight against this disease,” he says.

With Gauteng being the epicentre of the virus and accounting for more than 60% of infections countrywide, the President says there will be no travelling in and out of the province for leisure. This will not apply to people who travel for work and business purposes. This exemption is also for those who need to return to their areas of residence.

Under adjusted lockdown alert level 4, restaurants and other eateries may only serve food for takeaway or delivery. Outside of work, South Africans are urged to only meet with members of their households.

The President says the closure of schools for the winter holidays will be brought forward to this Friday – 2 July 2021.

NAPTOSA reacts to the President’s address:

Ramaphosa says all employers should allow their employees to work from home unless it is necessary for them to perform work on-site. He says the Solidarity Fund has provided R16- million to support the recruitment and placement of additional nurses in Gauteng hospitals to complement the military health team that has been deployed.


Ramaphosa says owners and managers of public buildings, centres, shops, restaurants, taxis and buses all have a responsibility to ensure that people on their premises or in their vehicles wear masks.

He has urged that the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) be allowed to do its job without intimidation or political influence so that when vaccines are approved, the public can be confident that these are safe, of good quality and will work.

“We must remember that SAHPRA is an independent regulator that focuses only on scientific evidence to ensure safety, quality and efficacy in the interest of public health. The scientific evidence before us shows that vaccines work. They are safe, effective, and they save lives. If you have questions, if you are unsure in any way, please consult the information being provided by the Department of Health & from doctors,” he says.

On Friday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) marched to the regulator’s offices, demanding that it approves the Russian and Chinese vaccines for use in the country.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins Styrian Grand Prix
27 June 2021, 7:14 PM

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria after starting the race in pole position. The win moves the Dutch driver 18 points clear of Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One driver’s championship battle.

Verstappen finished way ahead of his competitors for his third win at the home of Red Bull, Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring.

Seven times world champion, Hamilton finished second, but took a bonus point for the fastest lap. Hamilton’s Mercedes team went four races in a row without a win, for the first time since 2013.

Valtteri Bottas finished third for Mercedes but had to hold off an attack from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to secure a podium place.

Yamaha’s Frenchman, Fabio Quartararo, won the Dutch MotoGP to stretch his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings with a dominant display in Assen.

Two Spaniards in Maverick Vinales and champion Joan Mir completed the podium as Quartararo claimed his fourth race victory of the campaign before the mid-season break.

The 22-year-old Quartararo has extended his lead to 34 points ahead of second-placed Johann Zarco, who had to contend with a fourth place in the Netherlands.

Frenchman Zarco is now on 122 points with Italian Francesco Bagnaia on 109. South Africa’s Brad Binder recovered to 12th on his KTM, having started 21st. And, Leopard Honda’s Dennis Foggia won the Dutch Moto3 Grand Prix for his third podium finish in four races.

Romano Fenati overcame a double long-lap penalty to finish third behind Sergio Garcia.

Foggia led Garcia and Fenati at the start of the final lap, with Honda’s Tatsuki Suzuki just cut adrift by over four tenths in fourth.

The Italian took his second win of 2021 ahead Garcia, with Fenati completing the podium despite his penalties.

Darryn Binder recovered from a massive moment at the fast Ramshoek left-hander late on to take the chequered flag in fourth.

However, the Petronas Sprinta rider was docked three spots for exceeding track limits which saw him demoted to seventh, while Acosta got promoted to fourth.

 

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