Supporters of Zuma Nkandla 5 July 2021

Is die padblokkades nou net magsvertoon – indien wel, is dit ‘n skande eintlik en ‘n klap in die gesig van die gereg?     Die vergadering op Nkandla het vergroot en mag nie plaasvind nie – nie volgens die regulasies om die virus te bekamp.   Ten spyte daarvan het duisende sonder maskers die verrigtinge bygewoon.   En die getalle het gegroei.

Tensions ran high between former president Jacob Zuma's supporters and police who blocked the road going to to his house. PHOTO: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency (ANA)


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4 Julie – Padblokkades is opgestel deur die Polisie en slegs inwoners daar word deurgelaat.   Duisende is reeds op die toneel, om Zuma te ondersteun.   ANC raadslede het reeds te kenne gegee dat hulle ongelukkig is oor die Polisie se teenwoordigheid.

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Police at Nkandla

The security situation in Nkandla is worsening after a heavily armed battalion of police descended on the area, pitting themselves against energetic supporters of former president Jacob Zuma.

About 6 000 supporters who arrived in more than 300 cars were in the area to listen to Zuma, who was billed to speak at 6pm on Sunday.

The police battalion was led by KZN provincial police commissioner, General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi. Upon closing the road, causing the traffic to gridlock, there was a verbal showdown.

However, after speaking to Zuma supporters led by Bishop Vusi Dube, the police cleared the way.

Dube was heard shouting “they must leave, the people can monitor themselves”. The police then cleared the road allowing the supporters to pass through. The work of controlling the traffic was left to MK vets.

Throughout the verbal confrontations, the police were told: “This is Nkandla, not Marikana, we will meet fire with fire.”

The police later completely withdrew from the area.


Former president Jaco Zuma, who was expected to report to Westville prison on Sunday to begin serving his sentence, has been thrown a lifeline, for now.

The postponement of Zuma’s incarceration may have averted a bloodbath as thousands of his supporters, some armed with machine guns and knobkieries, created a wall around his Nkandla homestead and vowed to prevent his arrest.

According to his affidavit, he also said that he was broke.

The Constitutional Court agreed to hear Zuma’s side in mitigation of why he should not be sent to jail.

The secretary of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, including Organs of State, who brought the application against Zuma, will have to file their answering affidavit by Tuesday. The case is set to be heard next week Monday, July 12.


Anton van Dalsen, legal counsellor for the Helen Suzman Foundation, which is also a respondent in the case against Zuma, said they were aware of the application and were considering their position.

Officers at Nkandla police station, where Zuma was to hand himself over, were also relieved yesterday. They said they had dreaded the possibility of arresting their prominent resident.

A high-ranking police officer who spoke to the Sunday Tribune on the condition of anonymity said they were hoping it won’t get to the point where they get instructed to act as the local police.

“Given the prominence of the former president and his support, it will be a mammoth task to execute any task against him. We enjoy a good relationship with the former president as his security is provided by our members. So we would not like to be in a situation where we will have to act against him,” said the police officer.

He said they had not received any instructions from the commissioner despite monitoring the situation outside Zuma’s home, where his supporters have gathered throughout the week.

“We are familiar with the president’s home. We do routine patrolling. Should he hand himself over, we will hand him over to the correctional service,“ he added.

If Zuma ends up going to prison, he will serve his sentence at Durban’s Westville prison.

In response to the state of readiness to receive Zuma, Singabakho Nxumalo, spokesperson for the Department Correctional Services, said the system was clear in terms of how an inmate is to be admitted, assessed, and classified.

“It does not matter who is to be brought to us, the system must treat them the same and ensure all regulations are followed,” he said.

While Zuma was held in long “consultations” for the better part of the day yesterday, his support gained momentum outside his home.

Shortly after the court’s decision, at around 3pm, the former president came out of his home to greet his hundreds of supporters made up of Amabutho (Zulu regiments) and the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA), who have been converging in Nkandla since Friday. He walked through the crowd in an open space where a mobile stage had been erected.

He waved to a cheerful crowd but did not speak to anyone. He was escorted back to his compound, where he had a day-long consultation with the KZN ANC leaders, including Premier Sihle Zikalala. Suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule arrived in the afternoon.

The premises around Zuma’s homestead was a hive of activities, with singing, ululating and parading.

A series of motorcades were the order of the day, carrying ANC members coming as far as Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Hawkers, including ANC regalia merchandisers and fast food stalls, made the most of the opportunity to sell their products to the supporters.

The MKVA strictly controlled the entrance to Zuma’s home, screening every vehicle entering the property.

Although police could be seen patrolling, there was no enforcement of the lockdown regulations.

Zuma’s close neighbour, who spoke highly of him because of his generosity towards his neighbours, said police should “leave him alone”.

Marriam Khumalo, who referred to Zuma as her brother-in-law as she shared the same surname with Zuma’s first wife, said Zuma was a retired man and not to be bothered.

“What do they want from him? He gave up his position as the president. How are we going to survive without him? He has been assisting us with a lot of things. They must leave him alone,” she said.

Bhekithemba Mdlalose, who shares a long relationship with Zuma’s family, vowed that Zuma would not set his foot in prison.

“My family has had close ties with the Zuma family since they arrived in this area. They are generous people who always help people here. I will defend him until his last day,” said Mdlalose.

Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, briefly addressed the crowd, maintaining his stance that his father will never go to prison.

Zuma’s foundation said he would address his supporters at 6pm on Sunday. – Additional reporting by Lethu Nxumalo and Mervyn Naidoo.



The organisation, which disagrees with the decision of the highest court in South Africa, to hear Zuma’s application, said, on Sunday, that it believes the former president has received special treatment from the apex court.

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