Former South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has presented himself to the police ahead of the Tuesday midnight deadline.
His foundation released a statement confirming that Zuma was “on his way to hand himself into a Correctional Services Facility”.
This comes after the country’s Constitutional Court sentenced him to a 15-month jail term for contempt of court after refusing to attend the Zondo Commission of public inquiry. It was launched by former President Jacob Zuma, in January 2018.
National SAPS spokesman Brig Vish Naidoo and police ministry spokeswoman Lirandzu Themba confirmed the news.
Naidoo said: “I can confirm that the former president has been taken into police custody well ahead of the deadline.”
Themba said in a tweet that Zuma was “placed in SAPS custody in compliance with the Constitutional Court order”.
Earlier on, tensions were rife as Edward Zuma, the eldest son of former president Jacob Zuma vowed that there would be bloodshed if his father was arrested.
He was sighted brandishing a stick and instructing a handful of supporters gathered at the homestead to move vehicles and park them block access to the home.
He said that he had been told police were on their way from nearby Eshowe and that it would be stopped at the gate and not be allowed entry.
This is a developing story….