Zuma, South Africa’s former president, has been imprisoned for contempt
July 3, 2021
South Africa- Constitutional Court of South Africa sentenced Jacob Zuma, former President of South Africa, to 15 months in prison for contempt of court. The Zondo Commission requested direct access to the Court on an urgent basis, citing the fact that the court that grants an order retains jurisdiction to ensure compliance with that order.
Zuma’s conviction stemmed from his failure to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption, and Fraud in the Public Sector, including Organs of State (Zondo Commission) to answer questions about his alleged involvement in corruption during his presidency from 2009 to 2018.
It urged the Court to consider Zuma’s political standing and the consequences of failing to follow the rule of law, particularly in encouraging others to undermine the administration of justice. Zuma, on the other hand, did not oppose the application or file any submissions.
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