The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled that former president Jacob Zuma should go back to prison instantly, sparking fears of a second wave of civil unrest.
The court ruled that former National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser’s decision to place former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole was unlawful and ordered that Zuma returns to prison.
The July civil unrests which hit KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces were suspected to have been started by Zuma supporters who didn’t want the former statesman to be jailed.
The Gauteng High Court had ruled that former National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser’s decision to place former President Jacob Zuma on medical parole was unlawful – and ordered that he return to jail. @News24
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Some people in KZN have expressed their fears that there could be a backlash from Zuma supporters resulting in a second wave of unrest as was seen in July.
Rumours of a possible unrest have already started doing rounds on social media.
Businesses in Durban have already started contingency plans to beef up security in case there is another unrest.
Shaheen Suleiman of Magma Security told The Witness that he had already been approached by businesses for pre-bookings to provide 50 guards in one case and 20 in another as fears simmered that looting could again break out.
Suleiman said communities should get their contingency plans in place.
“Have your backup plans ready. Decide what roads should be blocked off if necessary, decide how we’ll protect our malls. We must not take any threat lightly. Be ready. Let help be a call away. We already know the police can’t cope with this alone. All the security forces need to work together hand in hand,” he said.