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By Nondumiso Mbuyazi
While a jubilant Jacob Zuma and thousands of supporters sang and danced after Judge Chris Nicholson announced his decision, police from Pietermaritzburg were working tirelessly trying to trace a call from a man who had allegedly threatened the ANC president if he left the Pietermaritzburg High Court a free man.
A police source, who asked to remain anonymous, said the unidentified man called the police station early on Friday and made death threats against Zuma.
According to the policeman, the man kept on saying "I swear I will kill that Zuma if he walks free".
The source said: "We received the phone call at about 1am. Basically this man said that if no one was willing to stop Zuma and his cronies, then he would, by shooting and killing him. Obviously he wouldn't say who he was, but he claimed to be a member of the AWB and that it was his rightful duty to free the country from a possible political catastrophe."
Meanwhile, in Durban, residents of Umlazi township were allegedly forced to board a bus transporting Zuma supporters to Maritzburg.
Umlazi police spokesperson Captain Khephu Ndlovu said they had also heard the allegations, but no one had reported the incident to the police.
"I can't comment on hearsay, because no one called us or came to the police station to say they were being forced into a bus against their will."