LIVE BLOG: I'm not scared of going to jail - Zuma

Former President Jacob Zuma addresses media live from his Nkandla homestead on matters relating to the Constitutional Court ruling that sentenced him to 15 months behind bars.

WATCH LIVE: Zuma address.

The address has come to an end.

Mzwanele Manyi refuses to allow Zuma to reply to Nomsa Maseko about being responsible and urging supporters to adhere to COVID-19 regulations.

Zuma says he doesn't want to criticise the judiciary out of nowhere. He says there is something wrong with it. He says some judges have said if 'Zuma comes to the ConCourt, he'll never be acquitted'. He says it's an angry judiciary.

Zuma refuses to answer a question on whether he'll turn himself over to police should his rescission not go in his favour.

Zuma says he cannot go to jail today because the ConCourt has accepted his rescission matter and will deal with it.

"He says he isn't responsible for how his supporters act."

"You must not provoke people."

Zuma says he feels aggrieved because the reaction of his supporters tells a story that they are not happy with the court. 

Zuma concludes his address. It's Q and A time.

"Sending me to jail during the height of a pandemic at my age is the same as sentencing me to death."

"Only Jacob Zuma is told that normal procedures are not applicable. Only Jacob Zuma is told that appeal processes are too protracted..."

"Even murders, serial killers, bank robbers and child molesters are granted their fair opportunity to give mitigation after conviction..."

"If it was up to me, I'd go to jail... as early as today. Whether I come out alive or not."

"I call on all my supporters to use peaceful means to protest against this injustice. I really must be clear. I', not asking for sympathy, but justice. My age and health condition... were not considered when the imprisonment was decided..."

"Sending someone to prison without trial is a travesty..."

"I'm not scared of going to jail for my beliefs. It will not be for the first time. I will be a prisoner of conscience. I've already spent more than 10 years in Robben Island..."

"No honest person can accuse me of being an enemy of the rule of law."

Zuma likens the level 4lockdown to the state of emergency of the 1980s imposed by the apartheid government.

"I'm concerned that SA is sliding back to apartheid-type rule."

"The fact that I was lambasted with a punitive jail sentence without trial is something that should induce a sense of shock to all those who cherish freedom and rule of law."

Zuma says he is not condoning any acts to frustrate the objectives of the commission.

"Had Judge Zondo simply recused himself... the people of SA would have heard my version as regards all the unsubstantiated allegations against me. All I'm asking for is fairness and consistency."

"Please allow me to quickly make a few points...

Firstly, contrary to the mainstream narrative and propaganda against me, I've never refused not to appear before the State Capture Commission... the discomfort from my side arose when I was in attendance... it is my honest view that my past relationship with Judge Zondo began to manifest itself in a manner that caused him to treat me unfairly and with bias."

"I trust that the peace-loving people of South Africa will support me in this matter... I fully agree with the ConCourt that our demoacracy was achieved through the sacrifices of men and women who gave their lives... they did so that things such as detention without should never again see the light of day in SA."

He acknowledges the ConCourt for agreeing to hear his rescission hearing on 12 July.

Zuma starts by thanking media for covering his address.

And we are live.

Well, it looks like Zuma is not as ready 'soon' as we thought.

Meanwhile, many are still decrying the large crowd gathered under level 4 lockdown..

The JG Zuma Foundation says Zuma is ready for the address. Apologises for delay. 


Magashule - making reference to Zuma - told the crowd one day their commander in chief would give them marching orders.

He said those trying to destroy the ANC could not tell members to leave: “Please remain resolute. When they take you out of Parliament you must remain and say ‘I am not going anywhere’.”

Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule has called on disbanded party structures to defy the party.

Magashule – who himself is in defiance of the terms of his suspension - told supporters gathered outside of former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home that they remained members of the ANC and that no one can push them out.

Nzimande said former leaders whose names were being used by reckless elements in inciting violence have a duty to distance themselves - all of this without mentioning Zuma’s name.

Nzimande also hit out at former President Jacob Zuma, without making mention of his name, for allowing threats of instability to be made in his name and condemned the role of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association in the saga.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called on South Africans to reject attempts at driving the country towards civil conflict. Its General-Secretary Blade Nzimande said South Africa’s Constitution couldn’t be gambled with or undermined by random groups.

Meanwhile, The amaZulu royal household has distanced itself from the actions of amaButho who swarmed former President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead on Saturday in a bid to demonstrate their support.

The Prime Minister to the Zulu nation and monarch Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Saturday said the regiments and their leader Zihogo Nhleko acted in defiance.

He claimed Zondo had abused his powers as a judge and that Zondo was not his first choice to head the State Capture Commission when it was created.

While the Constitutional Court has clearly stated that Zuma breached a ruling that he must appear and participate at the state capture commission, he's told his supporters that he's not aware of any transgressions.

Zuma accused Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of being biased against him.

Former President Jacob Zuma earlier addressed thousands of his supporters gathered outside his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.