ConCourt Contempt Ruling: Checkmate Mr. Zuma?

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Jacob Zuma must present himself to the Nkandla police station within five days in order to start his 15 months direct imprisonment.

The Constitutional Court has found the former president guilty of being in contempt of court. In handing down the majority judgement, Justice Sisi Khampepe slammed Zuma’s attacks on the judiciary and the courts.

The judgement also affirmed that if the court did not send a strong message, Zuma could influence others to do the same in defiance of the Constitution and the rule of law.

The court said as a former president, Zuma had a heightened obligation to uphold the law.

Justice Khampepe has also noted that the majority judgment is unappealable. Therefore Zuma must go to jail for 15 months.

Meanwhile, Justices Leona Theron and Chris Jaftha have dissented in a minority judgment. However they have confirmed that Zuma is guilty of contempt of court.

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