Zuma’s Battle with SA’s Legal System


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The Constitutional Court’s dismissal of Jacob Zuma’s bid to have his 15-month contempt jail sentence rescinded is part of his several attempts to delegitimise the country’s courts.

Political analyst, Professor Tinyiko Maluleke says Zuma’s earlier statements that he was waiting for the law to take its course, also showed that he was preparing for a legal battle with the country’s legal system.

He says that Zuma’s decision to flout the Constitutional Court order to appear before the State Capture Commission was part of his battle plan but claimed that he wanted the law to take its course.

Maluleke contends that when the course went against Zuma’s plans, he tried other means to get out of trouble.  

Meanwhile Constitutional Court Justice Sisi Khampepe reminded Zuma this morning that his being imprisoned was not the court’s fault, rather a consequence of his actions.

[Header image: Sandile Ndlovu]

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