Just when you think the local news cycle will not get any more interesting than what has transpired over the past 24 hours, this happens: The uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans’ (MKMVA) spokesperson Carl Niehaus got arrested ON LIVE TELEVISION on Thursday afternoon, 8 July 2021.
Niehaus was busy doing an interview with SABC News, when members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) swooped in and handcuffed him.
He was nabbed for contravening COVID-19 regulations-outside the Estcourt Correctional services Centre. Niehaus who has been temporarily suspended from the ANC, was speaking outside the facility, as part of a gathering in support of former president Jacob Zuma.
The ANC found Niehaus guilty of bringing the party into disrepute for remarks he made at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) when he addressed Zuma supporters.
“The NEC has noted with concern your inflammatory speeches made outside of Nkandla this week. They were broadcast on live TV, and have brought the ANC into disrepute. We have resolved that this conduct was a contravention of the party’s Constitution, and warrants disciplinary action. The NEC has also decided to temporarily suspend you from the ANC”
ANC NEC on Carl Niehaus’ suspension
Watch: Police handcuff Carl Niehaus
Carl Niehaus has vowed to continue mobilizing support for Jacob Zuma, who has spent his first night at the facility, and serving a 15-month prison sentence -for contempt of court after he handed himself to the police.
Niehaus has lamented Zuma’s arrest, reiterating that the former president is being unfairly targeted.
“That all of those issues should be exhausted and that the South African Police Service apparently wanting to rush in and arrest President Zuma is just a further indication of the vindictiveness against him and the lack of care and the lack of concern for the law,” he said.