JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) veteran Mavuso Msimang said describing the situation at the homestead of former President Jacob Zuma as a ‘national crisis’ is an exaggeration.
This after scores of Zuma supporters descended on his Nkandla home to show support and protest against his imminent arrest.
Zuma likens his 15 months imprisonment to a death sentence.
Zuma was set to hand himself over to the police on Sunday after the Constitutional Court gave him a 15 months sentence for his refusal to appear before the state capture commission of inquiry.
However, Zuma did not hand himself over to the police after he filed an application to the ConCourt to set aside both the contempt of court order and the prison sentence.
Speaking on POWER Breakfast on Monday, Msimang said: “There is no national crisis at Nkandla.”
“If we take the view that there is a crisis there of a national nature, we are going to play in the hands of attention seekers. People like Ace Magashule, Jacob Zuma and Tony Yengeni.”
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On Friday, the party postponed its NEC meeting which was set to take place over the weekend to send its top officials to manage the deteriorating political situation in Nkandla.
This as Zuma’s supporters were threatening violence if he was arrested as ordered by the Constitutional Court.
“The people from the NEC who went to Nkandla should have gone a lot earlier. It is not clear to me what their mission was,” said Msimang.
He adds that what is happening at Nkandla shows the division that exists within the ANC. He says the party should take responsibility for the situation at Nkandla.
Msimang has lambasted the flouting of the lockdown regulations which prohibited any gatherings under the lockdown level 4.
Nkandla gathering represents ‘healthy democracy’. We were hearing in all news media, as a result of marches – a march in Pretoria by the EFF and other marches that took place [over the weekend], the spike in Gauteng has gone up 46%.”
Msimang has described the ongoing situation at Nkandla and ANC as a painful circus.
The former president will have to make a return to the Constitutional Court next week as he tries to get the judgment against him rescinded.