Ex President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt after refusing to appear before a corruption hearing this year.
Earlier this year, the ex president failed to appear before a corruption investigation chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo over allegations of high-level graft during his tenure as president.
Jacob Zuma, who was President of South Africa for almost nine years until 2018 where he was ousted, denied any wrongdoing and claims Zondo is on a personal vendetta.
He was ordered by the judge Sisi Khampepe to surrender within five days but if he does not comply, authorities will be ordered to arrest him and transport him to a detention facility.
Judge Sisi Khampepe said on Tuesday that, “The constitutional court can do nothing but conclude that Mr Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court.”
“This kind of recalcitrance and defiance is unlawful and will be punished. 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.
“The majority judgment orders an unsuspended sentence of imprisonment for a period [of 15 months].”
Former President Zuma has maintained his stand that he is wrongfully accused of corruption and “repeatedly reiterated that he would rather be imprisoned than to cooperate with the commission or comply with the order made,” Judge Khampepe said.
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