Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to fifteen (15) months in prison for contempt of court, following his refusal to show up before a corruption inquiry set up by a South African court in February this year.
During Zuma’s presidency, there were allegations of corruption, which has been denied by the former president, stating that he is a victim of a plot by foreign intelligence agencies seeking his downfall. Consequent upon this, the corruption inquiry was set up to examine these allegations.
Giving the verdict on Tuesday, the Acting Deputy Chief Justice, Sisi Kempe ruled that,
“The constitutional court can do nothing but conclude that Mr. Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court. 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”. Further highlighting on the law taking its full course, she stated that, “No person is above the law, whatever his rank or condition”.
Following the ruling by the court, Mr. Zuma has been asked to submit himself to the Nkanda police within five (5) days.
Jacob Zuma, full name Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was the President of South Africa between 2009 and 2018, when he resigned. He also served as the country’s Deputy President from 1999 to 2005.