- Carl Niehaus has brushed off the suggestion that members of the MKMVA should be jailed along with Jacob Zuma
- The veterans have vowed to defend the ex-president from any attempts to arrest him
- This comes as the sage between Zuma and the Zondo Commission of Inquiry continues
Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus has shrugged off the suggestion that members should be thrown in jail along with Jacob Zuma.
The MKMVA has vowed to protect the ex-president from any attempts to take him into custody.
Niehaus condemned those who kept questioning whether or not Zuma would make an appearance at the State Capture Inquiry.
“Don't they have ears? Nxamalala has spoken loud and clear. He will not be there, and gave his reasons. Finish en klaar! Hands off President Zuma!"
One person had claimed that the ex-president was afraid to appear before the same Inquiry that he himself had established and was ultimately hiding behind his 'illegitimate geriatric private army'.
The follower had followed it up by commenting that they hope the MKMVA 'all get thrown in jail'.
This apparently amused Niehaus who had laughed off the comment, saying that they would 'hope for a long time'.
Speaking to the media recently, Niehaus had condemned Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, claiming that the Inquiry had been established to target the ex-president:
“His [Zondo] bias towards and constant targeting of president Zuma is blatantly clear. The manner in which he called press conferences to attack president Zuma when he was unable to attend the hearing of the commission because of illness, while he treated [public enterprises minister] Pravin Gordhan with the utmost deference and respect when he also did not attend the hearing, was shocking."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma has responded to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture after it definitively changed its stance on Monday.
In a behemoth statement, Zuma defended his call not to appear before the Commission despite being ordered to do so by the Constitutional Court.
He hinted that a few in the judiciary' had 'long left their constitutional station to join political battles'.
Zuma further claimed that his behaviour was a political statement intended for those who have used the law to unjustly punish both himself and his family.
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