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'Ubaba is showing us the middle finger': Twitter responds to Jacob Zuma's rifle picture

06 February 2020 - 09:39 By Cebelihle Bhengu
A warrant of arrest has been issued for former president Jacob Zuma.
A warrant of arrest has been issued for former president Jacob Zuma.

Jacob Zuma has Twitter in a frenzy as scores weigh in on a picture he shared on Wednesday evening. It features the former president aiming what appears to be a hunting rifle.

On Tuesday, Zuma was expected to appear before the Pietermaritzburg high court, but  his lawyer, Daniel Mantsha, presented a “sick note”, saying the former president was unable to attend because he was receiving medical attention, TimesLIVE reported.

Zuma's court appearance was in connection with fraud and corruption charges relating to the controversial arms deal with arms manufacturing company Thales. 

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) instructed the court to issue a warrant of arrest for Zuma as his “sick note” was deemed unsatisfactory. Judge Dhaya Pillay said the note was inadmissible due to inconsistencies.

The former president's son, Edward Zuma, told eNCA on Thursday that he bought Zuma the rifle and denied that his father was sending a message by posting it.

“That is a hunting rifle which was bought by myself. The picture was taken two years ago.”

These are the views shared on Twitter:

Judge Dhaya Pillay issued the warrant of arrest for former president Jacob Zuma on February 5 2020, after Zuma's legal team applied for him to be absent from his corruption trial in the Pietermaritzburg high court on “medical” grounds.TimesLIVE reported that the warrant was stayed until May 6 2020, when Zuma's criminal matter is expected back in court.