New Delhi, 29 June 2021 Tuesday
South Africa’s Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced former president Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court. He was convicted in November last year for boycotting the hearing before the State Possession Inquiry Commission and then refusing to appear.
The court also said that the sentence cannot be suspended. The commission, which is probing allegations of corruption and bribery in various organizations, said Zuma should be sentenced to two years in prison. Zuma has said repeatedly that he would rather go to jail than cooperate with the commission.
In a ruling on Tuesday morning, Constitutional Court Judge Sissy Khampey called Zuma’s statements bizarre and unbearable. “The Constitutional Court is of the opinion that the person (Juma) who has twice sworn in the Republic (South Africa), its laws and constitution, has disobeyed the law, considered it weak and attempted to abolish it by various means done.”
“Most of the judges on the bench are of the opinion that a strong message should be sent that such contempt and violation is illegal and they will be punished,” Justice Khampepe said.