- The Free State branch of the ANC has warned against arresting former president Jacob Zuma
- The ruling party in the region is adamant that cuffing Msholozi would bring instability to South Africa
- This comes after a warrant of arrest was issued for Zuma when a sick note was found to be unacceptable
If Jacob Zuma fails to attend court in May, the police will officially be on the hunt for the former president.
Judge Dhaya Pillay had issued the warrant of arrest against Zuma after she found his legal team had failed to prove he was too ill to attend.
But the ANC in the Free State has issued a stern warning that following through with the arrest would wreak havoc in South Africa.
ANC provincial secretary Paseka Nompondo commented on the situation, explaining that:
“The courts of our country must learn that the stability of our country is very important to everybody and it is important that the decisions they make do not generate and start something in the present and the future that cannot be controlled."
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal had also issued a warning that it would mobilise people to defend Zuma.
ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo had commented that the court could easily check the sick note:
“We believe that it was within the means of the court to easily verify the authenticity of the sick note."
In a statement issued in reaction to the controversial decision, the ANCYL had denounced the move:
"For more than a decade, the state has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the former president is guilty of any crime. Refusal of the sick note for Cde Zuma is proof enough that there is a mission to destroy what is left of him and his dignity. The warrant of arrest simply stands as a test to the people and we warn the judiciary and it's friends. Do not threaten the peace of our country. Do not threaten the patience of our people. If you start fire, you are bound to see flames."
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