South African court jails ex-President Jacob Zuma for 15 months for Contempt

Former South African president, Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after being found guilty for

defying a court order to appear before an inquiry probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption during

his tenure from 2009 to 2018.

Sentencing a former president to prison has never happened in the history of South Africa, this is the first time.

Mr. Jacob Zuma, is to hand over himself to a police station in his hometown of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province or in Johannesburg, within five days as he was not present for the ruling on Tuesday, June 29.

Back in January, the Constitutional Court ruled that Jacob Zuma had to respond to questions from a judicial commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

But the 79-year-old former intelligence operative accused the court and Zondo of bias, walked out of one

scheduled panel hearing in November, and boycotted another in February.

The panel responded by filing contempt charges against him.

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

acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe said in a ruling in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is sentenced to undergo 15 months imprisonment.”

Report states that during Zuma’s rule, an estimate of more than 500 billion rand ($35 billion) was stolen from the state,

and at least 40 witnesses who’ve appeared before in court linked the ex-president to the looting spree.

However, Zuma, says he hasn’t done anything wrong and the allegations against him are part of a smear campaign. he quit forcefully in 2018.

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