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Court dismisses Zuma’s application to block arrest

‘The application is dismissed with costs,’ the judge presiding over the case said.
Image: REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

South Africa’s high court on Friday dismissed former president Jacob Zuma’s application to block his arrest for contempt of court, days after he handed himself over to police to begin a 15-month jail term.

“The application is dismissed with costs,” the judge presiding over the case said.

The constitutional court last week ordered Zuma jailed for refusing to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his nine years in office from 2009. Though he turned himself in on Wednesday night, Zuma has challenged his sentence.

The constitutional court will hear his challenge in a separate case on Monday.

Friday’s high court judgment came hours after the same court dismissed an application by the secretary general of the governing African National Congress (ANC) party, Ace Magashule, to have his suspension over corruption charges in a separate case set aside.

Both politicians’ proceedings are regarded as a test for South Africa’s ability to enforce the law — even against powerful politicians — 27 years after the ANC ousted South Africa’s white minority rulers to usher in democracy.

Zuma’s jail order has been seen as the most dramatic chapter yet in his journey from a revered anti-apartheid activist to a politician tainted by multiple charges of sleaze and corruption, all of which he denies.

As a member of the ANC when it was a liberation movement, Zuma was jailed by South Africa’s white minority rulers for his efforts to establish a state that would treat citizens equally.

Zuma, 79, denies widespread corruption and has maintained he is the victim of a political witch-hunt.

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I hope on Monday the ConCourt ads more time to his sentence for contravening lockdown level 4 regulations for mass gatherings at Nkandla last Sunday as well as for publicly disrespecting the judiciary once again. Give him another 6 months!

There is a saying: “Love me or hate me, but don’t ignore me” we must put ZUMA in the past and move on NOW! Let the dead look after their own.

What are you talking about Chev?!
This sentence is just a slap on the wrist for being a naughty boy!
Zuma is currently standing trial for corruption, racketeering and money laundering. I will only forget about Zuma when he does hard time for those crimes. He must rot in jail for destroying this country, if you can’t see that then you are obviously not paying attention!

Ag shame man, now Mr. Zuma cannot enjoy his mansion in Dubai.

Apparently Zuma Jnr. is having a ball of a good time in Dubai and Pakistan.

*** South Africa has spoken ***
*** GO TO JAIL ***
*** DO NOT PASS BEGIN ***

Zuma is quickly developing co morbidities. Watch this space on Monday.

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