Defiant Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson Carl Niehaus was arrested on Thursday afternoon.
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Niehaus, a staunch Zuma backer arrived at the Estcourt Correctional Centre, where former president Jacob Zuma is currently incarcerated, shortly before 4pm. Outside the facility, he began engaging with a handful of Zuma supporters.
After his short speech, he began conducting interviews with the media.
While speaking to the SABC in an interview that was being broadcast live, a number of police officers swooped in and whisked him off down the road.
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Niehaus was placed in a police van and taken to the Estcourt police station.
It remains unclear as to what charges he will face. However, some MKMVA members suspect he may face charges of inciting violence, a charge they denounce. It was also speculated that Niehaus could face charges relating to a breach of lockdown regulations.
He has been showing a greater support for his ally, former president Jacob Zuma.