ANC #FreeJacobZuma protests in Nkandla KZN

Members of the ANC, MKMVA and Amabutho escort former president Jacob Zuma at his Nkandla residence on July 03, 2021 in Nkandla. The former president was found guilty of contempt of court by the Constitutional Court and has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment. Photo: Gallo Images/Tebogo Letsie

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday 6 July 2021

In the latest news, on Tuesday 6 July 2021, South Africans will know in about 24 hours how far the long arm of the law stretches when it comes to Jacob Zuma.

ANC #FreeJacobZuma protests in Nkandla KZN

Members of the ANC, MKMVA and Amabutho escort former president Jacob Zuma at his Nkandla residence on July 03, 2021 in Nkandla. The former president was found guilty of contempt of court by the Constitutional Court and has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment. Photo: Gallo Images/Tebogo Letsie

We’ve got the latest news in South Africa, from all the stories making headlines in the country on Tuesday 6 July 2021.

The country remains on a knife-edge for more reasons than one. As the third wave continues to pound Gauteng, other provinces in South Africa are beginning to brace for their third wave as infections and fatalities rise every day. The latest stats do not make for pleasant reading.

Elsewhere, former president Jacob Zuma continues to divide the ANC and the country. While analysts and legal experts say there is no way he can avoid jail, Zuma’s legal team is putting up a fight. This time seeking help from the High Court to prevent his arrest on Wednesday. Meanwhile, questions are being asked about why Police Minister Bheki Cele’s men were so lenient of Zuma supporters gathering in contravention of Level 4 lockdown restrictions on Sunday 4 July 2021, and why Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has backed Zuma’s cause. And where is President Cyril Ramaphosa in all of this mayhem?


‘Arrest Zuma, or YOU will be guilty of a crime too!’ – Cele warned by expert

Who’d be a Police Minister, eh? Bheki Cele is currently having to deal with the mother of all enforcement nightmares, as a human shield of civilians continues to protect a stubborn former president who is set for the slammer. However, the top cop can’t sit on his hands for much longer – because he may land HIMSELF in some legal trouble.

Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison last week. You may or may not have heard about it… nonetheless, he was given a five-day deadline to hand himself over. That expired on Sunday, but another window came into play: With Msholozi ignoring the warning from the judiciary, Cele and SAPS have been told to spring into action.

‘What you’re saying is illegal!’ – Lindiwe Sisulu in bizarre interview rant

It wasn’t so long ago that Minister Lindiwe Sisulu harboured presidential ambitions. But if her latest interview is anything to go by, she might need a refresher course on how to handle some intense media scrutiny.

The senior politician, who heads the ministry for water and sanitation, clashed with radio host Clement Manyathela on Monday. Sisulu was criticised for showing up at a packed Nkandla, where she did very little to discourage the illegal gatherings at Jacob Zuma’s sprawling homestead. However, she claimed this was all a matter of perception:

“When we got to Nkandla, we found the police were there. They were very good. It was obvious people were over the gathering limits of Level 4. I inspected the area, and what I’ve heard reported is very different from what I saw there. If you look at the visuals, there are people following the rules.” | Lindiwe Sisulu

Where’s Cyril? Criticism mounts as Ramaphosa remains mum on Zuma

Everyone’s talking about Former President Jacob Zuma and on Sunday it seemed as though everyone went to go visit him at his home in Nkandla. Everyone, it would seem, except President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Rather than honouring a Constitutional Court order to hand himself over to authorities, Zuma decided to instead use Sunday evening as an opportunity to once again attack South Africa’s judiciary and State Capture Commission chair Raymond Zondo. This followed a day in which nearly every lockdown law in the book was flouted by thousands of Zuma supporters who gathered at Nkandla.

Zuma warned that he would fight any police or law enforcement agency that tried to arrest him when he greeted thousands of supporters who had made their way to “protect” the former President, who faces 15-months behind bars for contempt of court. Despite social distancing and gathering protocols being completely abandoned, police were unable to enforce restrictions. 

During his press conference, Zuma said criticised the government’s lockdown approach, comparing curfew restrictions to those that were enforced during Apartheid. 

Ramaphosa however, is yet to respond to what is in no uncertain terms an attack on South Africa’s judiciary and lockdown response to the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope: First COVID-19 patients admitted

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde visited the Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope, a dedicated COVID-19 field hospital, on Monday, and said the 200-bed capacity hospital began admitting patients last week Wednesday.

It has also prepared further beds should there be a need and, to date, it has brought 44 beds online, equipped with oxygen capacity, to respond to the increase in hospital admissions.

Winde said he was welcomed by the Health Programmes Manager, Fatima Peters. The Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope, on the grounds of Lentegeur Hospital, has a total of 200 beds for COVID-19 patients with oxygen infrastructure and was brought online during the second wave.

“This was part of our strategy to create dedicated COVID-19 inter-mediate capacity at existing facilities so that there was legacy infrastructure that could be used in subsequent waves, and into the future,” he said. 

KZN man arrested for helping mugging victim – because it was ‘after curfew’

A graduate employee from Durban, KZN was arrested over the weekend for breaking curfew – after he allegedly went to assist a friend who had been targeted by a mugger. According to his own testimony and the account of his boss, the youngster sprang into action to help those stranded, before he was confronted by some overzealous police officers.

The friend’s car broke down in the middle of Durban on Saturday evening. At that point, the couple in the vehicle were robbed of their valuables. In a state following their ordeal, they gave the financial services worker (who has chosen to remain anonymous) a call – and he immediately darted into action, collecting the petrified pair from the roadside.

After the female victim was returned home, the other pair were collared by the police just after the curfew kicked in. Given that they were both outside of their homes during the nine-hour shutdown, officers decided to make an arrest.


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