Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans president Kebby Maphatsoe says former President Jacob Zuma will be a no-show at the State Capture Commission on Monday.
Maphatsoe says, “He is not going there on Monday. I want to confirm that he is not going there tomorrow and the arrest is not going to just happen immediately. There are processes that are still going to unfold and during that process, we will also be explaining this narrative that the judiciary, the judges can also make mistakes. But if they are biased also it is our right as citizens to say you are biased because you have taken away the right of a citizen.”
Zuma has received a summons from the Commission to appear before it for the duration of this week to answer allegations made against him by more than 30 witnesses.
However, the former President has indicated that he will not comply with the summons nor a Constitutional Court decision compelling him to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
MKMVA visited Zuma last week at his Nkandla home where Zuma briefed them about his position going forward.
The NEC of #MKMVA just concluded a productive meeting of over seven hours long with @PresJGZuma at Nkandla. #PresidentZuma reiterated that he will NOT go to the #ZondoCommission, & MKMVA pledged our full support for this decision. We wholeheartedly agree with Msholozi’s reasons. pic.twitter.com/y9R9kAqDaY
— Carl Niehaus (@niehaus_carl) February 11, 2021
The MKMVA has warned that the trampling of former President Jacob Zuma’s rights by the Constitutional Court may result in civil unrest. Maphatsoe says the Association will mobilise society to defend Zuma.
“We want to mobilise not only branches of the ANC but society to also understand the reason why President Jacob Zuma is not going there. That is why I am saying people may react in a very different way, and that is why we are also advising the Constitutional Court that, that was an overreach on the rights of President Jacob Zuma and people may react in a different way that the state may not be able to control.”
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The matter is being discussed at the ANC NEC meeting currently taking place, with the party’s top leadership expected to meet with Zuma to persuade him to comply with its resolution that members cooperate with the Zondo Commission.
Earlier this week, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal met with the former President. Provincial secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli said that the stalemate between Zuma and the Commission will have grave implications.