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Jacob Zuma, Former South African President bags 15 months jail time

Acting Chief Justice, Sisi Khampepe, made the disclosure in a ruling on Tuesday.
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Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, who has been repeatedly implicated in aiding and abetting the plunder of state funds while in office, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for defying a court order to testify at a graft inquiry.

The Constitutional Court had asked Zuma to respond to questions from a judicial commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, in January. But the 79-year-old former intelligence operative accused the court and Zondo of bias and walked out of one scheduled panel hearing in November, boycotting another in February. The panel responded by filing contempt charges against him.

The Acting Chief Justice, Sisi Khampepe, made the disclosure in a ruling on Tuesday. He said, “This sends an unequivocal message in this our constitutional dispensation, the rule of law and the administration of justice prevails.”

What it means

The ruling offers a mixed blessing for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against graft a top priority. While Zuma’s incarceration will silence one of his biggest detractors and demonstrate his administration’s commitment to upholding the rule of law, it could also widen divisions within the ruling party and alienate its supporters in the former president’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Backstory

The government estimates more than $35 billion was stolen from the state during Zuma’s rule, and at least 40 witnesses who’ve appeared before Zondo linked the ex-president to the looting spree.

Zuma, who the ruling party forced to quit in 2018 to stem a loss of electoral support, has denied wrongdoing and says the allegations against him are part of a smear campaign.

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