Ignoble End! South African Court Sends Ex-President Zuma To 15 Months In Jail

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Ignoble End! South African Court Sends Ex-President Zuma To 15 Months In Jail

Former South African President, Jacob Zuma have been handed a 15-month jail term by the nation’s top court on Tuesday for contempt of court following his refusal to appear before graft investigators.

“The Constitutional Court can do nothing but conclude that Mr Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court,” Justice Sisi Khampepe said.

Zuma, who is 79, has been accused of enabling the plunder of state resources during his nearly nine-year stay in office.

“This kind of recalcitrance and defiance is unlawful and will be punished.
“I am left with no option but to commit Mr Zuma to imprisonment, with the hope that doing so sends an unequivocal message… the rule of law and the administration of justice prevails.

“The majority judgement orders an unsuspended sentence of imprisonment for a period (of 15 months),” Justice Khampepe declared, while also ordering Zuma to turn himself in within five days.

The commission of inquiry, set up by Zuma himself, is headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Zuma set up the panel under pressure over mounting scandals, shortly before he was ousted in 2018 by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

He however only testified once before the panel in July 2019, before staging a walkout days later and accusing the commission’s head of bias.

 

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