Unrest in SA will end if Zuma is freed from prison, says foundation. Former president Jacob Zuma’s foundation has intimated that the ongoing looting and unrest in the country will be quelled if he is freed from prison.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the Jacob G Zuma Foundation advocated for his “immediate release” from Estcourt Correctional Centre.
“It was just pure malice to incarcerate president Zuma whilst litigation on his detention without trial case [for a civil contempt] was ongoing,” the foundation said.
Peace and stability in South Africa is directly linked to the release of President Zuma with immediate effect.
It was just pure malice to incarcerate President Zuma whilst litigation on his Detention Without Trial case (for a civil contempt) was on-going.#WenzenuZuma
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) July 13, 2021
Earlier on Tuesday, Mzwanele Manyi – the foundation’s spokesperson – said President Cyril Ramaphosa had “dismally failed” to the country.
“Our country can be far better off with president Ramaphosa released from his responsibility as president of South Africa,” Manyi said.
Our country can be far better off with President Ramaphosa released from his responsibility as President of South Africa.
He has dismally failed to lead.
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) July 13, 2021
The statement comes as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal continue to experience violent looting and protests, which were initially attributed to Zuma’s imprisonment for contempt of court, but have now devolved.
In Gauteng on Tuesday, Premier David Makhura revealed that many as 10 people had died in a stampede at a shopping mall in Meadowlands, Soweto, on Monday.
This took the province’s death toll to 19, which includes Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department officer Meshack Mahlangu, who was shot while on duty at a mall in Katlehong on Monday.
In KwaZulu-Natal, the death toll has risen to at least 26 while over 180 people have been arrested in the violence that has engulfed the province.
This was revealed by Premier Sihle Zikalala in a media briefing on Tuesday.
“These were people that were killed during stampedes as protesters ran riot in areas including Umlazi, KwaMashu, Inanda, Phoenix, uMgungundlovu and northern KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.