- The MKMVA held what has been described as a marathon meeting with Jacob Zuma
- The veterans are adamant that the ex-president will essentially face no backlash from any crimes he had potentially committed
- The group, notoriously fierce supporters of the politician, insist that they will be firmly standing behind him
Former president Jacob Zuma is facing a potential arrest for defying the Constitutional Court.
Nevertheless, the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association is adamant that Zuma will not be going into exile or to prison.
Thursday saw the veterans attending a marathon meeting which took place over seven hours between Zuma and the association's national executive committee.
MKMVA president Kebby Maphatso was joined by Carl Niehaus and Des van Rooyen after the meeting to address the media.
Niehaus kicked off the briefing by highlighting the serious nature of the meeting, emphasising the serious nature of the gathering.
He stressed that the MKMVA supports the ex-president 100% in his decision to snub both the State Capture Inquiry and the Constitutional Court.
Maphatsoe is adamant that Zuma is 'going nowhere', saying that rumours of the ex-president going into exile in another African country were nothing but speculation:
"Well, we will wait and see. But as we said, he is going nowhere, he is going to stay here. The masses out there are very angry, those who are happy are those who hate him. Majority of people are beginning to understand when Thuli Madonsela said this commission was created specifically for Jacob Zuma..."
Niehaus revealed that MK soldiers parading outside of Zuma's Nkandla home would now be a new norm from Sunday onwards.
Niehaus claimed that these members would be joined by ANC members sympathetic with the ex-president's troubles.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma reportedly told EFF leader Julius Malema that he would only appear at the State Capture Commission if Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo recused himself.
Zuma believes that Zondo is conflicted. According to the pics posted on social media by the EFF, Zuma, Malema, EFF's advocate Dali Mpofu, ANC's Mzwandile Masina and Tony Yengeni held a meeting over tea at Zuma's Nkandla homestead on Friday, 5 February.
Malema had hit Zuma up on Twitter and requested the meeting after he publicly refused to appear at the Zondo Commission. In a statement, Zuma defied a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear at the commission.
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