South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma was sentenced to 15 months of jail time, last week on the 29th of June 2021. However, he had initially declined the sentence.
On Wednesday, the 7th of July he made the decision to hand himself in to the police to begin serving a jail sentence for contempt of court during his nine years of rulership.
Jacob Zuma travelled to a prison near to his home in KwaZulu-Natal province, his foundation said. The SAPS (South African Police Service) had said they were prepared to arrest Mr Zuma if he did not hand himself in by the end of the day.
The sentencing sparked an unprecedented legal drama in South Africa, with a deadline imposed of midnight on Wednesday for his arrest. The deadline was imposed after Mr Zuma refused to hand himself in on Sunday.