'To hell with the decision' - Andile Lungisa vows nationwide shutdown in support of Jacob Zuma

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
  • A group of Zuma supporters have threatened to fight back if the former president is arrested.
  • The outcry follows a ConCourt judgment which sentenced Zuma to 15 months behind bars. 
  • The Jacob Zuma Foundation released a statement labelling the judgment "judicially emotional and angry".

Former ANC councillor in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Andile Lungisa, is calling for a nationwide shutdown in support of former president Jacob Zuma. 

Lungisa, who slammed the country's judiciary, said judges were not doing their job and accused them of becoming political activists.

This, after acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe ruled that Zuma was guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months behind bars. 

In retaliation to the judgment, Lungisa said they had organised a shutdown protest across all provinces on Friday.

He said the shutdown was not under the banner of the ANC or Radical Economic Transformation group, but was for all South Africans concerned with the violation of the country's Constitution.

On Wednesday, the Jacob Zuma Foundation labelled the judgment "judicially emotional and angry", as well as "not consistent with our Constitution". 

READ | Zuma rejects court judgment, says Khampepe was 'emotional and angry'

Speaking to News24 on Thursday, Lungisa said the ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court should be disregarded.

He said:

To hell with the decision.


"If police they've got bullets, they must kill all of us. That is the message which we are communicating ... We are saying this time around we will respond. Because we are saying there is no way any system that tampers with justice should have a place. We are not going to rest until the ConCourt judges resign," Lungisa said.

READ | Andile Lungisa granted bail, pending ConCourt application

The former controversial councillor, convicted and sentenced for assault, was of the view that all judicial rules had been bent to try and target Zuma.

In 2020 Lungisa was released on bail, pending his Constitutional Court challenge against his prison sentence for assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was convicted and sentenced in 2018 to three years in prison of which one year was suspended. He was found guilty of smashing a glass jug on the head of DA councillor Rano Kayser during a scuffle in the council in 2016.

Meanwhile, another group pledging their allegiance to the former president, said they would be meeting the Zuma family on Thursday and would later hold a press briefing at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.


Do you want to know more about this topic? Sign up for one of News24's 33 newsletters to receive the information you want in your inbox. Special newsletters are available to subscribers.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Children between 12 and 17 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. As a parent I am:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Relieved, it's been a long wait to this point
51% - 2891 votes
A bit hesitant, and will wait to see how it goes
21% - 1187 votes
Completely against my child getting the shot
29% - 1646 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.85
-1.1%
Rand - Pound
20.48
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
17.30
+0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.09
+0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.0%
Gold
1,793.05
0.0%
Silver
24.33
0.0%
Palladium
2,023.00
0.0%
Platinum
1,043.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
85.53
+1.1%
Top 40
60,525
+1.7%
All Share
67,051
+1.5%
Resource 10
62,969
+2.5%
Industrial 25
86,659
+1.4%
Financial 15
13,849
+0.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE