Contempt of Court: Jacob Zuma bags 15 months’ jail term

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Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma
Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma

Former South African president, Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for failing to appear at a corruption inquiry.

Zuma was due to give evidence at the inquiry in February but failed to appear.

South Africa’s constitutional court on Tuesday ruled the former president was in contempt of court and should be imprisoned.

The probe, led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, is examining allegations of high-level graft during Zuma’s decade-long term in office between 2009 and 2018.

Reading out the court’s order, a constitutional judge said: “Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is sentenced to undergo 15 months’ imprisonment.”

Zuma has to appear before police within five days, the judge added.

 

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