Article by: Dumisane Dube
Former President Jacob Zuma will have to hand himself over to the nearest police station within the next five days to begin his 15 months jail term.
He was handed a direct imprisonment by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday morning for defying the court’s order to appear before the State Capture Commission.
The sentencing comes after he refused to appear before the state capture commission led by deputy Chairperson of the commission Raymond Zondo.
Zuma was also ordered to pay the cost of the two counsels.
In handing down judgment, Acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe said: “There is no doubt that Mr. Zuma was in contempt of court. He is in blatant violation of the court order. He is found guilty of contempt of court…Not only has Zuma failed to dispute the contempt of court, he has also failed to contest the degree of the contempt. Instead, he has aggravated it. The majority judgment orders an unsuspended sentence of imprisonment for a period of 15 months.”
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