Political parties and citizens respond to ConCourt’s ruling against Jacob Zuma





Political parties and citizens respond to ConCourt’s ruling against Jacob Zuma

ConCourt said Jacob Zuma was in contempt of court when he failed to appear and participate in the state arrest investigation, and he was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

File: Former President Jacob Zuma at the State Takeover Commission on July 17, 2019. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled in contempt of former President Jacob Zuma before the court.

The ship said Zuma was in contempt of court when he failed to appear and participate in the government takeover investigation.

Judge El-Sisi Kambibe said the court considered a two-year prison sentence without comment, but that this matter was exceptional.

“The Constitutional Court is of the opinion that there can be no doubt that Mr. Zuma despise the Court. A judgment order has been issued in favor of the plaintiff [the Zondo commission]. Mr. Zuma received the order, and it is impossible to infer anything other than that he was unambiguously aware of exactly what was required of him. Never before has the authority of the Constitutional Court been threatened, and never before has the judiciary been threatened.”

In full: The ConCourt verdict that sentenced Jacob Zuma for contempt of court

The ruling was met with mixed reactions from South Africa, but was welcomed by most political parties.

Democratic Alliance leader John Steinhausen called on the former president to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and turn himself in.

The IFP issued a statement saying that Concourt’s ruling was a victory for the rule of law and underlined the fact that no one is above the law.

“This order would not have had to go that far, had the former president complied with the directions of the State Takeover Commission. We hope that he will honor and respect this provision, and abide by the order that he must surrender himself to the police within the next five days.”

“This is truly a victory for all the South Africans who have become gluttons with those who plundered our country with impunity,” tweeted Action SA President Herman Mashaba.

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