The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Free State province has issued an apparent threat to law enforcement agencies over the arrest warrant for former President Jacob Zuma.
The Pietermaritzburg high court slapped Zuma with the warrant on Tuesday after he failed to appear before it for his corruption trial. However, it stayed the warrant until 6 May when the trial resumes.
His lawyers had submitted a medical certificate to the court as evidence that he was too ill to attend, but the court doubted its veracity.
‘No one will arrest Zuma’
In a statement on Tuesday, the ANCYL in the Free State accused the “captured” National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and “reactionary” judiciary of acting at the behest of “enemies of progress, the captains of white monopoly capital together with proxies amongst us.”
Provincial secretary Reagan Booysen and spokesperson Sello Pietersen signed off on the statement. They added, “The sad part is that they simply wasted their time because no one will arrest President Zuma under our watch.
“We wish to call on these clowns to desist from starting something they won’t be able to contain or manage, our country is a peaceful and focused one and they must stop attempts to make it any different.”
They said Zuma should resubmit another certificate on 6 May “and we will provide them with an address where they can find him.”
‘They shall never live to explain’
The Free State ANCYL then issued the apparent threat, “We shall be waiting in numbers for them, and we shall welcome them in a manner and character they shall never live to explain. This is not a threat but a nice and calm reality.”
Other prominent Zuma supporters also took to social media to denounce the warrant of arrest. Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina said he is “ready to go to jail for Zuma.”
Carl Niehaus, the spokesperson of uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), added, “The pain and humiliation inflicted on Nxamalala is heartbreaking. We as a nation should hang our heads in shame.”
Andile Lungisa, an influential figure in ANC circles in Nelson Mandela Bay, also tweeted, “The sick note which is being ridiculed it comes from a State Military Hospital in Pretoria it is where former President Zuma was treated. Every sick note from a public hospital is not different from that one but the Black Bourgeoisie will never understand [sic].”
The former President has not yet publicly commented on the warrant. His medical condition has not been specified, with his lawyer Dan Mantsha telling the court on Tuesday that it is a matter of “national security.”
He is said to have travelled to Cuba on at least two occasions to receive treatment in addition to being treated at a local military hospital.