- Jacob Zuma's sick note, presented to the courts, has garnered international attention
- One glance at the document gives some insight as to why the KwaZulu-Natal High Court rejected it
- In the meantime, EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi wonders if the ex-president will return to SA at all
The recent warrant of arrest against Jacob Zuma has earned the politician global headlines, mostly centring around his questionable sick note.
Briefly.co.za reported that KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Dhaya Pillay had been left with no choice but to take action:
"Some authentic reliable proof that Mr Zuma is indeed ill and when he will be available to stand trial. So, it's standard practice in this court and in every court hearing a criminal trial, that if an accused is not in attendance, if an accused has failed to produce a medical certificate. without that evidence this court cannot do anything else, but issue a warrant of arrest."
SowetanLIVE reports that altered dates, a vague diagnosis of a 'medical condition' and a practice number that doesn't exist all added to the questionable document handed in by the former president's legal team.
The note is believed to have been issued by Dr Zakes Kagiso Motene, a member of the presidential medical unit at the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.
However, the practice number on display was not Dr Motene's, deepening the mystery.
Zuma is currently overseas 'obtaining medical treatment' for this unknown ailment and EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi wondered if the politician would ever return to SA:
"Do you think Jacob Zuma will come back from Cuba?"
Citizens had mixed responses, some sharing their belief that Zuma has flown the coop. Others questioned why an EFF official would be asking social media and not using his contacts to find out for himself and inform the masses.
Either way, if Msholozi fails to appear in May, the police will be sent on a manhunt of the presidential kind.
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