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[Zuma's supporters seem to have gathered in some numbers. But his legal team is working around the clock to challenge this court ruling. This guy is above the law. BUT THEN AGAIN SO ARE ALL THE ANC. They're ALL above the law. They do as they please. Otherwise this is just more boring crap from the communist clown show who rule us. I am so bored by all this garbage. Jan]

Supporters of South African ex-President Jacob Zuma have formed what they say is a human shield outside his home to try to prevent his arrest.

On Tuesday, the constitutional court found him guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear before a corruption inquiry.

A deadline for his arrest had been set for midnight on Sunday.

However, the constitutional court later agreed to hear his challenge to the 15-month jail term he was given.

Just how that affects the arrest deadline is unclear.

"[There is] no need for me to go to jail today," Mr Zuma told reporters outside his home in Nkandla in Kwa-Zulu Natal province on Sunday.

He said he had been "lambasted with a punitive jail sentence without trial" and that "South Africa is fast sliding back to apartheid rule".

One supporter, Lindokuhle Maphalala, told AFP news agency that if the police chief came to arrest Mr Zuma "he must start with us".

"A messy confrontation would’ve ensued if police dared to arrest me," said Jacob Zuma to hundreds of his supporters who erupted in loud cheers and whistling.

His supporters, some dressed in Zulu traditional outfits and others in ANC T-shirts with his face on them, have been camping outside his home in Nkandla to form a human shield.

The gathering by his supporters is actually illegal under the country’s regulations aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

But there are no police officers in sight to disperse the gathering, leading many to say that the former president is above the law and that justice is not seen to be done when it comes to powerful politicians.

Mr Zuma has repeatedly told his supporters that he doesn’t fear imprisonment, but behind the scenes his legal team is working around the clock to keep him out.

Presentational grey line
The court has said it will consider Mr Zuma’s appeal on 12 July.

In the meantime, another appeal against the arrest order is expected to be heard by the high court of KwaZulu-Natal province on Tuesday.

The 79-year-old political veteran was ousted in 2018 after nine years in power, amid corruption allegations.

Businessmen were accused of conspiring with politicians to influence the decision-making process.

But Mr Zuma has repeatedly said that he is the victim of a political conspiracy.

The former president testified only once at the inquiry into what has become known as "state capture" but then refused to appear subsequently.

In a separate legal matter, Mr Zuma pleaded not guilty last month in a corruption trial involving a $5bn (£3bn) arms deal from the 1990s.


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