Niehaus held for breaking Covid-19 rules outside Estcourt prison

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Former president Jacob Zuma is pictured with his staunch ally, Carl Niehaus, the MKMVA national spokesperson.
Former president Jacob Zuma is pictured with his staunch ally, Carl Niehaus, the MKMVA national spokesperson.
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uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson, Carl Niehaus, was arrested on Thursday for contravening Covid-19 regulations.

It comes after the 61-year-old addressed a gathering outside the Estcourt Correctional Services Centre, where former president Jacob Zuma is being held.

“After being warned to stop, the suspect [Carl Niehaus] ignored the warning. He was then arrested.”
KZN police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo

KZN police spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo, said: “After being warned to stop, the suspect ignored the warning. He was then arrested.”

Niehaus was suspended by the ANC’s national executive committee’s (NEC) on Wednesday for continuing to protest Zuma’s arrest, outside the former president’s home in Nkandla.

In a notice to temporarily suspend Niehaus’ membership and institute disciplinary action against him, ANC deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, said the NEC was concerned about his “inflammatory speeches”.

She said the ANC had been brought into disrepute by Niehaus as he made the speeches while dressed in the party’s regalia.

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Niehaus is planning to appeal the decision to suspend his ANC membership.

He remains the MKMVA national spokesperson.

ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said Niehaus’ suspension was in line with Monday’s decision by the NEC to investigate and discipline those who incite violence and defy Covid-19 regulations.

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