Former South Africa President Zuma gets 15-month prison term

Jacob Zuma stepped down from the presidency in February 2018

Jacob Zuma stepped down from the presidency in February 2018

South Africa’s previous president Jacob Zuma has actually been sentenced to 15 months by the greatest court in the nation.

The prison sentence follows the Constitutional Court discovered him guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear at a query into corruption while he was president.

Mr Zuma’s time in power, which ended in 2018, was dogged by graft accusations.

Businessmen were implicated of conspiring with political leaders to affect the decision-making procedure.

The previous president made one look at the questions into what has actually ended up being referred to as “state capture” however then declined to appear consequently.

The questions – headed by Justice Raymond Zondo – asked the Constitutional Court to step in.

Mr Zuma has actually been provided 5 days to hand himself in at a police headquarters. If he stops working to do that the cops minister should buy his arrest.

Acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe was damning in her judgment. Mr Zuma declined to come to the court to discuss his actions, she stated, and “[he] chosen rather to make intriguing, unmeritorious and vituperative declarations that made up a calculated effort to impugn the stability of the judiciary.

“I am left with no option but to commit Mr Zuma to imprisonment, with the hope that doing so sends an unequivocal message… the rule of law and the administration of justice prevails.”

In a different legal matter, Mr Zuma pleaded innocent last month in his corruption trial including a $5bn (₤ 3bn arms offer from the 1990s.

Former South Africa President Zuma gets 15-month prison term