Former South African president Jacob Zuma touched down at OR Tambo International Airport, following a medical vacation to Cuba for an undisclosed illness.
The former South African leader’s return turned the Tambo International airport into a mini-carnival with several flights delayed and more security personnel deployed as thousands of his supporters gather to receive him.
He was attended to on arrival by a team of doctors at the airport’s hospital lounge. was also met at the airport by a group of supporters, mainly from the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) a President Zuma Support Group. Senior ANC members were also on hand to receive the president.
A warrant for his arrest was issued on February 4th after the former leader failed to appear in court at his corruption trial.
His legal team submitted documents to the court, saying the former president was ill and had not been in the country since January 23. The warrant of arrest won’t be executed before he is due to appear in court again on May 6.
Nearly two years after Jacob Zuma stepped down as the president of South Africa, he continues to dominate the headlines.
However, Zuma’s supporters have claimed the warrant of arrest is “victimisation”, “unfair” and a form of “persecution”.
Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson and Zuma supporter Carl Niehaus has attributed Zuma’s ill health to “relentless pressure that has been placed on him for over 15 years”.
Niehaus announced on Twitter early on Friday morning that Zuma would be returning on Saturday.