- After a warrant of arrest was issued against Jacob Zuma, Mzansi has been weighing in on the issue
- Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has had arguably one of the strongest responses
- The politician revealed that he was willing to go to jail for Msholozi, although it's not clear why
Mzwandile Masina has come out in strong support of former president Jacob Zuma after yesterday's court proceedings.
Briefly.co.za reported that the High Court had issued a stayed warrant of arrest after the ex-president failed to appear in court.
Taking to social media to share his views on the situation, the Ekurhuleni mayor commented that:
"Now that justice has pronounced itself, I’m ready to go to jail for Zuma since he is sick and currently receiving medical attention in Cuba and there is no one to blame. History has no blank pages, and indeed does have the capacity to repeat itself."
While Zuma's legal team had insisted he was unwell, questions had been raised over the validity of the sick note submitted to court.
Although the response to the situation seems harsh to some, the warrant will only come into effect if Zuma fails to present himself at the next date in May.
The Citizen reports that questions have been raised over Zuma failing to return from Cuba, with extradition agreements with the country negotiated but not signed.
Masina, on the other hand, is known for his loyalty to the former president, once claiming that he refused to serve under Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership.
While he backtracked on this comment, this isn't the first time the mayor has indicated his loyalty.
When ANC MP and former minister Bongani Bongo was arrested last year, Masina commented:
"You can arrest us all, but our ideas are superior and represent [the] aspiration of [the] poor majority. Until we commit to a united the organisation, we will continue embarrassing each other whilst poverty, inequality [and] unemployment finishes our people.”
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