Supporters of former South African President Jacob Zuma have formed what they say is a “human shield” outside his home, in a bid to prevent his arrest.
On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court found him guilty of contempt and defiance of its order to appear before an investigation into corruption cases.
A deadline for his arrest was set at midnight on Sunday.
However, the Constitutional Court later agreed to hear his appeal against the 15-month prison sentence handed down against him.
It is not clear how this affects the deadline for arrest.
“There is no need to go to jail today,” Zuma told the media at his home in Nkandla, Kwa Zulu Natal province, on Sunday.
He added that he “was imprisoned without trial” and that “South Africa is sliding rapidly into apartheid rule”.
One supporter, Lindkohli Mavalala, told AFP that if the police chief came to arrest Zuma, “he should start with us.”
The court said it would hear Zuma’s appeal on July 12.
Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial High Court is expected on Tuesday to hear another appeal against the arrest warrant.
The 79-year-old veteran politician was ousted in 2018, after nine years in power, amid allegations of corruption.
Businessmen were accused of conspiring with politicians to influence the decision-making process.
But Zuma has repeatedly said he is the victim of a political conspiracy.
The former president testified only once in the investigation, in what became known as the “state takeover,” but later refused to appear before investigators.
In a separate legal matter, Zuma last month pleaded not guilty in a corruption trial related to a $5 billion arms deal from the 1990s.
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