South Africa’s highest Constitutional court ordered a jail sentence of 15 months to South Africa’s former head of state, Jacob Zuma.
This is a result of Jacob Zuma defying the Constitutional court order to appear at an inquiry after being found guilty of corruption while he was president. Reports say the decision making was influenced by businessmen who worked together with politicians at the time.
Sisi Khampepe, who is an acting Chief Justice said, “Mr Zuma refused to come to the court to explain his actions, and he elected instead to make provocative, unmeritorious and vituperative statements that constituted a calculated effort to impugn the integrity of the judiciary.
The Chief Justice says she was left with no choice but to order the 15 months imprisonment on him. Jacob Zuma has been given a maximum of 5 days to hand himself to the Nkandla police station or to the Johannesburg police station. If there’s any failure meeting the period given, his arrest will be ordered by the police minister.
Rufaro Sihle Muyanga.