Cele Says Jacob Zuma Will Be Arrested if Courts Issue a Warrant

Cele Says Jacob Zuma Will Be Arrested if Courts Issue a Warrant

- Police Minister Bheki Cele has spoken out about his Nkandla tea with former president Jacob Zuma

- Cele said that although he does not do arrests if an arrest warrant was issued for Zuma the law would be enforced

- Cele stated that during his tea visit he spoke about the enforcement of the law and that everything will be done smoothly

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says that if the courts issue an arrest warrant for Jacob Zuma, the law will be enforced. Cele says he does not make arrests but insinuated that he would do so if it comes to the former president.

Cele said that at the moment, they were waiting for the Constitutional Court to give them the green light before any decisions on the matter are made. The police minister stated that the enforcement of the law should be smooth and not have a negative impact.

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Referring to the former president by his clan name, Cele said that he had spoken with JZ about the law following its course. He added that they would ensure that everything done was within the law so there is no repeat of past disasters such as the Marikana Mine tragedy.

Bheki Cele says Zuma will be arrested if court enforces the law
Bheki Cele says that although he does not do arrests if the courts put forward an arrest warrant law will be enforced in terms of Jacob Zuma. Image: Phill Magakoe/Gallo Images and Ulrich Baumgarten
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According to SowetanLIVE, the ConCourt is expected to give its verdict in the Zuma case after hearing submissions from the Zondo Commission's council. The Commission has been calling for the former president to be jailed for not appearing before it and defying a ConCourt order to do so,

A report by 702 stated that Cele also spoke on policing and handling of protests. The police minister stated that the Public Order Policing report has been implemented and that both accountability and transparency were the main concerns for the report.

Cele said that cameras and radios are in place to record the movement of police and people. He went on to speak about 25 protests happening in the country on the day that Mthokozisi Ntumba was killed. Cele posed a question that the other 24 protests were not heard of because they were possibly handled correctly.

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Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma spoke about being arrested. Zuma released an eight-page statement on his response to the Constitutional Court case against him tabled by the State Capture Inquiry. Zuma said he will even serve a prison sentence if the ConCourt decides so.

Zuma said the ConCourt will not be spared "rigorous questions" when people "gain their voices". The former president believes that many SA judges can not "bring an open mind" to cases specifically involving him.

On page three of the statement, Zuma goes on to say that the State Capture Commission encroached on his constitutional rights by bringing the ConCourt into the matter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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