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ConCourt rejects Zuma’s bid to overturn jail sentence

Long-delayed trial continues next week.
Jacob Zuma, former president, arrives to testify in the state capture inquiry in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, July 15, 2019. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa‘s top court on Friday dismissed a bid by former president Jacob Zuma to overturn his 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court after he ignored instructions to participate in a corruption inquiry.

The jail sentence came in June after Zuma failed to testify at an inquiry into graft during his nine-year rule, in a case widely viewed as test of post-apartheid South Africa‘s ability to enforce rule of law, particularly against the powerful.

Zuma, recuperating in hospital after surgery for an undisclosed illness, asked the court in July to revoke its sentence for contempt, arguing it was excessive and that jail would endanger his health and life. “The application for rescission is dismissed,” Justice Sisi Khampepe said as she read the majority decision, which included an order for Zuma to pay costs.

It was the latest legal setback for the 79-year-old anti-apartheid veteran from the ruling African National Congress, whose presidency between 2009-2018 was marred by widespread allegations of graft and malfeasance. He denies wrongdoing.

“Obviously the foundation is disappointed with this judgement,” Mzwanele Manyi, spokesman for the JG Zuma Foundation, said in response.

New trial starting

Zuma’s jailing on July 7, after handing himself over to police at the last minute, triggered some of the worst riots and looting in decades, with more than 300 people killed and thousands of businesses pillaged and razed.

The violence, which President Cyril Ramaphosa described as a “failed insurrection”, was also fuelled by frustration among largely Black communities still in squalid conditions long after the ANC swept to power in South Africa‘s first democratic elections in 1994.

A former senior intelligence operative with the ANC’s then banned military wing uMkhonto we Sizwe before rising to the highest office, Zuma says he is the victim of a political witchhunt and that acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is biased.

Zondo served as chairman of the graft inquiry.

The department of correctional services placed Zuma on medical parole earlier this month after surgery following his hospitalisation in August. That decision is being challenged by the opposition Democratic Alliance.

Ousted as president by Ramaphosa in 2018, Zuma faces a separate corruption trial linked to his sacking as deputy president in 2005, when he was implicated in a $2 billion government arms deal.

That long-delayed trial against Zuma, who denies multiple charges including corruption, racketeering and money laundering, continues next week.

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Hehehehe, too little, too late for Mr Teflon, the psychopath.
I guess he will remain too ” sick” to ever face the consequences of bringing the whole nation to it’s knees.
At least his children and disciples, Carl, Duduzane/ Zile and the rest will fill in for him with 20 year terms.
And pay back all the money. AFU, please proceed.

Wish Zupta would go back to jails – sick and tired of hearing Jimmy Manyi wringing his hands on Zumas innocence and the unfairness of his incarceration

Yaaa. Old Jimmy has a “back mark” against his name. AND its very obvious!!

So just take it where it comes from.

Hahahaaa. These people!!

All true, except for paying the money back part.

Yeah, I know. Not very likely.

The nation now awaits Old Zupta’s next trick. Admittedly, he’s running out of options but one never knows. He may start complaining about how the court’s stray cat looks at him in disgust. Or how his second cousin, twice removed, had an affair with the lady who serves tea/coffee in the judge’s cafeteria forty three years ago, alleging that this proves bias.

“…79-year-old anti-apartheid veteran…” rather “…veteran expropriator…”. Do not understand why people still try to soft soap this rampokker.

Surely SA’s prisons’ head, Arthur Fraser, knows best to override the parole board and grant old man Zoo-ma (turning 80) medical parole from incarceration? He must be right that old man Zoo-ma is suffering from a severe mental disorder.
If the highest court in an African country renown for the best judicial operating system in Africa, declares your most recent defence as dishonest, ludicrous, feeble and disobedient after a string of other unsuccessful court appeals and you then still decide to approach an Africa court with a pleonasm name (Africa human peoples court) – surely one has lost your marbles.
If u furthermore can not properly open your eyelids anymore when staring at someone in the face and you have to clear your throat from contraction every time you try to utter another lie, then surely that confirms that Arthur Fraser’s diagnosis on mental health must be correct.
Its now time that the nation accept his expert resolve and for old man Zoo-ma to be confined to a mental institution like Life Esidimeni or the self-correcting mental institution called ANC. So please let it be now.

Will the demand for his “day in court” finally arrive? All that’s left now is the United Nations Human Rights Council or a special sitting of the Security Council ….

What will be over quicker:

(i) the 15-month jail sentence, or

(ii) the court trails regarding Mr Z’s jail sentence

End of comments.

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