Former South African leader Zuma asks court to stop his arrest

Nkandla, South Africa (AP) —

Former South African President Jacob Zuma continued his efforts to avoid imprisonment on Tuesday by requesting a district court to prevent police arrests.

Zuma’s lawyer called on the Pieter Maritzberg High Court in Kwazul Natal to suspend last week’s order by the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of the State. For contempt of court.

Zuma’s lawyer argued that the court should prevent police arrest until the Constitutional Court ruled on his application to revoke the ruling heard on July 12.

When he was president from 2009 to 2018, he was convicted of contempt after failing to comply with a court order appearing before a committee investigating allegations of corruption.

Zuma’s lawyer, Dali Mupov, was in court on Tuesday, and police minister Beki Celle did not oppose Zuma’s application, avoiding arrest if he was at risk of flying or if the application failed. He claimed that no one insisted on it.

During the weekend, hundreds of Zuma supporters gathered outside his home in the rural area of ​​Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, and vowed to prevent attempts to arrest him. In opposition to the country’s COVID-19 regulations on public rallies, they form a group, many without masks, praising Zuma’s role in the fight against South Africa’s former white minority rule apartheid. Sang.

The African National Congress, a party of Nelson Mandela led by Zuma from 2007 to 2017 on Tuesday, condemned the actions of Zuma’s supporters and urged support for the rule of law.

ANC’s National Executive Committee said it lamented “violence, and even a civil war, a parade of armed groups, and a counter-revolutionary call for a flashy display of weapons” outside Zuma’s home.

By Tuesday, the crowd supporting Zuma had dispersed, and only a few of Zuma’s supporters were standing at the entrance to his house.

Several armed police were seen monitoring the area, and at least three police vehicles were seen patrolling around Zuma’s house.

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