Zuma’s supporters gather outside his home

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Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma have started to gather at his home in Nkandla, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

A small group of former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MKMVA) combatants have been camping outside Zuma’s home since April.

They and some members of the Zuma family have vowed to prevent any attempts to arrest the former president. Zuma has until Sunday to hand himself over to the police or risk being arrested.

A prayer meeting in support of the former president is also planned for later on Thursday.

More supporters expected to arrive at former president’s home in Nkandla:

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment for contempt of court after ignoring an order to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

However, the former president’s foundation believes this is a travesty of justice.

The  Chairperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, Mzwanele Manyi, insists that the former president has always been a law-abiding citizen.

The foundation has slated the landmark ruling on Zuma as unconstitutional and emotional. Manyi has described the court as a product of angry people who are determined to portray the former president as a criminal.

Manyi’s Tuesday reaction to the judgment: