Supreme Court upholds imprisonment of former president

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Johannesburg – South Africa’s Supreme Court on Friday dismissed former President Jacob Zuma’s request to revoke 15 months in prison for contempt of court in a ruling seen as a difficult test of the country’s resolve to explain that a powerful person has made.

The Constitutional Court ruling is unique that Zuma should go to jail for refusing to testify before the Commission on Widespread Corruption in Government and State-owned Enterprises while he was President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018. I upheld the decision.

Zuma, who was forced to resign as president in 2018 on suspicion of corruption, still enjoys strong support in parts of South Africa and the ruling African National Congress.

He was jailed in July after a long argument with the Judicial Inquiry Commission, came out in the middle of his testimony, and refused to appear again.

After being sentenced to two months in prison, Zuma, 79, was granted parole for an undisclosed illness. His release from prison has been questioned by opposition parties who claim that the procedure was not followed.

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The latest decision does not affect Zuma’s parole, but South Africa’s main opposition and at least two other organizations said the director of the correctional office rejected the parole decision in court. He declares that he will challenge. He himself approved of Zuma’s release. He will put justice back in the limelight.

Judge Sisi Khampepe read Friday’s decision to Johannesburg’s Constitutional Court and said it was a majority vote of 7-2 judges to uphold Zuma’s decision. Zuma argued that his decision was inappropriate, among other things, because he had been jailed without trial and had been sentenced in absentia.

In the ruling, seven judges said Zuma refused to participate in the Constitutional Court proceedings, which resulted in a ruling and attempted to resume proceedings after the proceedings were closed.

“The hands of the Constitutional Court are detained and Mr. Zuma himself is detained,” Judge Campepe said.

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Zuma’s imprisonment has sparked violent riots and looting in South African economic centers, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, since the end of apartheid in 1994. More than 300 people have been killed and the mall has been destroyed. looted. And factories and warehouses were set on fire in what current President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as a systematic attempt to destabilize Africa’s most developed economy.

The riot raised fears that Zuma could escape prison, and the justice system was called off to appease his supporters.

Zuma, a controversial figure for much of his political career, has also been accused of receiving a bribe in 1999 in connection with a $ 4 billion arms deal between South Africa. Sud and the French manufacturer Thales. I am facing corruption charges in another case. His corruption trial, which began in May, will resume next week.

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The two lawsuits against Zuma tested South Africa’s resolve to bring an influential person to justice after years of alleged misconduct.

Zuma’s successor, Rama Poza, has worked to root out the corruption, which is the hallmark of his presidency. Another powerful person, Ace Magashule, the executive secretary of the ruling ANC party, also faces corruption and will be brought to justice.

Zuma has now refused to reveal his whereabouts, according to his Foundation, whether he will appear in court when he leaves the hospital or for the scheduled resumption of his bribery trial, the hospital. Have been treated with.

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