Following Umkonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) President Kebby Maphatsoe’s warning to the Zondo Commission that arresting Jacob Zuma would lead to civil unrest, his statement has been condemned for what has been perceived as an MKMVA “coup threat” against President Ramaphosa.
Former President Jacob Zuma has been evading court dates with the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture for several months now, and the Commission announced that it will be lodging a criminal complaint against the 78-year-old.
“Any person summoned to attend and to give evidence before the commission is required to do so,” Zondo said before instructing the secretary of the commission to lay a criminal complaint with the police. We are all equal before the law.”
However, in a fractured ANC, with Zuma being a favourite among the armed wing of the ANC, Umkonto we Sizwe, this faction of the party has indicated a militant degree of loyalty to the former president, categorised best by Maphatsoe’s comments.
“We respect the Zondo Commission and DCJ Zondo and we said we want to request that DCJ Zondo withdraw that letter that lays charges against [former] president Jacob Zuma,” Maphatsoe said, as reported by eNCA.
“In the event that Jacob Zuma is arrested, there is a high risk of civil unrest that will happen which would be unable for the government to control.”
Maphatsoe specified that his advice originates from his expertise in security matters. However, it has irked many people around the country who believe that it is tantamount to threatening a military coup.
“In a reaction to the criminal complaint laid against Zuma by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture for his antics last week, the ANC MKMVA issued a warning to the Commission to tread lightly and warned that those who love Zuma might react with ’emotions’ and that this might result in President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘being overthrown’,” DA Shadow Minister of Justice, Glynnis Breytenbach, told The South African.
“We condemn these utterances with the strongest contempt, as we will not allow the legitimacy of the Zondo Commission to be undermined by groupings with shallow populist agendas. We cannot allow these disparaging waves of attacks, or acts of intimidation against the Zondo Commission by these pseudo-revolutionaries.”