S/African court compounds Zuma’s problem, as ex-leader serves jail term



S/African court compounds Zuma’s problem, as ex-leader serves jail term

Former South African President Jacob Zuma lost a bid to overturn his contempt arrest on Friday, days after surrendering to a 15-month prison sentence.

“The request is rejected,” said the president of the court

The Constitutional Court last week ordered Zuma’s jail for refusing to testify in an investigation into corruption during his nine years in office from 2009. Although he surrendered on Wednesday, Zuma did disputed his sentence.

The constitutional court would hear his challenge, which is in part based on his allegedly fragile health and risk of catching COVID-19, in a separate case on Monday, but Friday’s High Court judgment means he must stay in. prison until the end of this hearing.

“Mr. Zuma’s concerns about his health are not supported by any evidence,” said the Pietermaritzburg High Court judge.

The decision came less than an hour after the Johannesburg High Court dismissed the request of African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule to overturn his corruption suspension in a separate case.

The procedures of the two politicians are seen as a test of South Africa’s ability to apply the law fairly, even against powerful politicians, 27 years after the ANC ousted the leaders of the white minority from South Africa to inaugurate democracy.

For Zuma, the prison order was also seen as the most dramatic chapter in his journey from a respected anti-apartheid activist to a politician tainted with accusations of sordid and corruption, which he all denies.

As a member of the ANC while it was a liberation movement, Zuma was jailed by South Africa’s white minority leaders for his efforts to establish a state that would treat citizens equally. (Reuters / NAN)


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