Edward Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, has stated that police would have to kill him before arresting his father.
The statement comes after the constitutional court sentenced Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison after he was found in contempt of court, reports EWN.
In a media briefing to journalists outside the family home in Nkandla, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the young Zuma stated: “Well as Edward Zuma I think my position has been known and I still maintain my position that whatever decision is taken by the law enforcement of this country, well, they have to kill me first.
Once again I’m saying whatever decision law enforcement agencies decide if that drastic decision happens to be taken then they will have to pass by me, meaning I will lay down my life for President Zuma they are not going to take him to prison when I’m still alive,” he continued.
According to SABC News, members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) have also pledged to protect Zuma against arrest, with guards said to remain guard outside the former president’s home.
The shocking ruling comes after Zuma refused to appear before the state capture commission of inquiry. The constitutional Court has stated that Zuma has five days to hand himself over to authorities, reports SABC News.