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ConCourt to review Zuma contempt conviction

Application to be heard on July 12.
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South Africa top court agreed to hear an application by former President Jacob Zuma to have his conviction on contempt charges and 15-month sentence set aside.

The Constitutional Court on June 29 found Zuma guilty of violating its order to appear before a judicial panel that’s investigating allegations of corruption during his nine-year tenure and ordered him to hand himself in to the authorities within five days to begin serving his sentence.

Read: Zuma asks court to cancel 15-month jail sentence

Zuma’s application will be heard on July 12, Dunisani Mathiba, the court’s acting registrar, said in a court filing on Saturday. Its decision will probably mean that Zuma will no longer have to surrender himself by Sunday as scheduled, although the court didn’t issue specific instructions in that regard.

In his application, the 79-year old Zuma said his life would be threatened should he be incarcerated due to his advanced age and poor health, and he hadn’t been given the opportunity to argue in mitigation of sentence. He also denied that he was unwilling to appear before the graft inquiry, saying he failed to adhere to the directive to testify due to medical reasons.

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Grow some balls ConCourt, what is wrong with you, how much more of a mockery is Zuma going to make of the judiciary system of this country?
Take him into custody, lock him up and then decide on his application while he is behind bars! Stand by your fist decision and show the people of this country that no one is above the law!

Same with his addressing the nation! Stuff that, send out a press release. Failing that, do an interview with a sharp journo, live, unedited.

If the latest Zuma saga does not tell that South Africa is finished and well on its way to Zimbabwe-style thug rule, then nothing will.

So the lesson to be learned from this farce is that if you don’t agree with the verdict of the court, you get them to try again until they get it right. Call this justice? I don’t think so.

We’re talking about Don Zuma here, he’s never going to jail…

Ek dink dis deel van die “giving him lots of chances” game plan. Hoor die recision application, en confirm dan die decision. Nog ‘n paar weke is neither here nor there. This is after all new territory – the constitutional court sending someone to prison as the court of first instance. Daai regter wat die majority uitspraak gegee het het nie geklink na iemand wat van plan wil verander nie. Plus daar word tyd gekoop dat die spanmaats moeg en honger word daar in die Midlands. Is daar enige downside aan om die recision application aan te hoor en dan te dismiss?

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