Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Zuma found guilty of contempt of court, sentenced to 15 months in prison

 On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court has sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in jail.

The court stated that Zuma was in contempt of court when he failed to appear and participate at the state capture inquiry.

Justice Sisi Khampepe handed the down the judgment saying that the court considered an unsuspended jail term of two years but that this matter was not ordinary as he is a former president.

Zuma cannot appeal this ruling through the national judicial system as the Constitutional Court is the highest court in South Africa.

He has been ordered to submit himself to Nkandla Police Station or the Johannesburg Central Police Station within five days.

In the event Zuma does not submit himself to the South African Police Service (SAPS) as requested by the court, the minister of police and national commissioner of SAPS must within three calendar days of the expiry of the first five days take the necessary legal steps to ensure he is submitted to a correctional facility.

By Danielle Mentoor

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