'They're going nowhere until food runs out': Shilowa shades MK vets camping outside Zuma's home

Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa.
Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa.
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Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa has thrown shade at Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members after they vowed to “protect” former president Jacob Zuma from arrest by setting up camp outside his Nkandla homestead.

On Tuesday, Shilowa weighed in on a Lotus FM report about the military veterans' plan to camp outside Zuma's homestead “until further notice”. 

Shilowa said the military veterans were going nowhere until the food runs out.

Tlala o nyele. Re ja dikgomo le dipudi tsa Msholozi [Hunger is gone. We will eat Msholozi's cattle and goats],said Shilowa.

The meat jab comes after a photo of Zuma and MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus standing in front of a tray filled with meat was circulated on social media.

The picture was taken during a meeting, which lasted more than seven hours, between the association and the former president.

Speaking to SowetanLIVE sister publication TimesLIVE, Niehaus said the meeting “went very well” and that they spoke “in detail” about Zuma's defiance of a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear at the state capture commission.

“We'll do everything within our means and protect him, and prevent him from being arrested,” said Niehaus.

“A platoon of MKMVA soldiers were at Nkandla when we arrived and they formed a guard of honour. The intention is for them to stay there, and from time to time to change platoons. But there will be a constant presence to protect president Zuma.”

On Twitter, many, including the DA's former national spokesperson Solly Malatsi, thought Shilowa's shade was funny.

Here is a snapshot of some of the reactions:

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