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There was something powerfully revealing to see, Wednesday evening, July 7, Edward, the son of Jacob Zuma, almost alone in front of the main entrance to his father’s estate in KwaZulu-Natal province, articulate with a pasty voice, in front of a few cameras, ultimate threats against whoever dares to come and arrest the ex-president, as justice demanded, in the cold of a night that was to prove crucial not only for his own father, but for the future of South Africa: after a last standstill, Jacob Zuma was taken prisoner.
The previous weekend, his supporters had performed a show of force, bringing in militants en masse, showing off traditional fighters, filming themselves firing automatic weapons and finally allowing a strange fair to be organized in front of the residence of Nkandla where Jacob Zuma, his family and his lawyers were giving advice and building a climate of extreme tension, talking about ” bloodbath “.
Because he had quit his own hearing before the Zondo commission, which is working to establish the details of the vast operation of seizure of public funds when he was president (2009-2018), Jacob Zuma had been condemned by the Constitutional Court to fifteen months in prison on June 29. While he had five days to take himself prisoner, he had electrified the atmosphere around Nkandla, organizing his followers into human shields. A three-day deadline was then set for the police to stop him. By agitating the idea of a slippage and violence, Jacob Zuma had obviously hoped to escape justice once again, as he has done for nearly two decades in the context of several cases.
With the difference that this time there was no escape. Better still, he himself had created the conditions for his arrest. By attacking head-on, that is to say both verbally and through legal proceedings, the Zondo commission and its chairman, Zuma was also attacking justice, refusing to comply with his orders. In doing so, he exposed himself to this contempt of court which ultimately led him to detention.
Between clowning and drama
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