Former South African leader Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison


Johannesburg — South Africa’s Supreme Court sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison on Tuesday for not appearing in an investigation into corruption and gave him five days to appear in police.

Zuma did not appear in an investigation led by Deputy Judge Raymond Zondo in February, and an investigation lawyer approached the Constitutional Court to seek orders for his imprisonment.

“He ran out of all (legal) options because there was no High Court to appeal. The Constitutional Court is usually the last destination,” said Amanda Goose, a professor of political science at Stellenbosch University. It was.

“They finally said’enough’,” she said.

The 79-year-old Zuma was banished in 2018 in a move organized by his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ally.

These include the so-called Zondo Commission, but also another proceeding related to the $ 2 billion arms trade in 1999, when Zuma was Vice President.

Zondo’s investigation is investigating high-level transplant allegations involving three Indian-born businessmen, the Gupta brothers, during Zuma’s power period from 2009 to 2018. Zuma has denied cheating and has not cooperated so far.

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Former South African President Jacob Zuma reacts after appearing in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on July 27, 2018. (Reuters / Logan Ward)

‘insult’

In a 21-page letter sent to the Chief Justice of the State alleging that Zuma was mistreated, Judge Sisi Campepe said: So many women and men fight and insult the deadly constitutional pharmacy. “

“If his conduct is exempted, he will cause serious damage to the rule of law,” she added.

A Zuma spokesman told local television channel eNCA that Zuma’s lawyer would consider the Constitutional Court’s ruling before issuing a statement.

The allegations against Zuma include allowing nearby businessmen (brothers of Atul, Ajai, and Rajesh Gupta) to plunder state resources and influence policy.

The Guptas, who also deny cheating, left South Africa after Zuma’s expulsion.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is trying to regain investor confidence in Africa’s most industrialized countries. However, he still faces opposition from factions within the African National Congress (ANC) party, which is loyal to Zuma.

ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said in a television briefing that the party wouldn’t want to comment on the benefits of Tuesday’s ruling, but the National Executive Committee will reflect that this weekend.

Mr Mabe said the ANC encouraged members, including Zuma, to attend the Zondo Commission. “We felt that it provided an opportunity to deal with any devastation that would have involved our own government,” he said.

Alexander Winning

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