Supporters gathered outside the rural home of South Africa’s ex-President, Jacob Zuma, on Friday, July 2, 2021, in a show of solidarity as he faced a deadline for surrendering to Police for contempt of court.
In an unprecedented ruling on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Constitutional Court handed Zuma a 15-month jail term for repeatedly refusing to comply with an order to appear before graft investigators.
If the 79-year-old fails to turn himself in by Sunday, July 4, 2021, Police will be given a further three days to arrest him and take him to jail to start the sentence.
Local media noted that, according to a warrant of committal, Zuma would be taken to Westville Prison, about 200 kilometres from Nkandla in southeastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
About two dozen women who said they travelled more than 300 kilometres overnight from O.R. Tambo district in the neighbouring Eastern Cape province, camped at the entrance to Zuma’s home.