Woe is me! Serial victim Jacob Zuma now wants to indulg…

In his newest try and thwart Woman Justice, former president Jacob Zuma has tried to painting himself as a pious man whose solely vices have been that he could have accepted poor authorized recommendation, is of in poor health well being, and suffers monetary constraints as a result of his state-sponsored authorized charges have been halted.  

Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma outdoors his Nkandla homestead on Friday 2 July 2021 in KwaZulu Natal. (Picture: Leila Dougan)

The previous president on Friday filed pressing purposes within the Constitutional Court docket and Pietermaritzburg Excessive Court docket, searching for that the latter problem a keep of his arrest pending the result of the attraction to the apex courtroom to rethink and rescind the judgment wherein he was present in contempt and sentenced to 15-months direct imprisonment.   

Zuma has additionally distanced himself from statements launched by his eponymous basis wherein assaults have been made towards the judiciary, together with a misogynistic swipe at Justice Sisi Khampepe.

The ConCourt, in a majority judgment, discovered Zuma responsible of contempt on Tuesday for disobeying its order that he seem earlier than the Zondo fee to reply allegations from scores of witnesses about his position in state seize. 

Zuma has till Sunday at hand himself over to police. Ought to he not, SAPS can have three days wherein to arrest him and take him to Durban’s Westville Correctional Facility. His software to the Pietermaritzburg Excessive Court docket to have his arrest warrant stayed or interdicted is ready down for Tuesday.

In his founding affidavit, Zuma didn’t miss the chance to once more insinuate political conspiracy, claiming that one of many ConCourt judges within the majority judgment, Appearing Justice Dhaya Pillay  “was conflicted”, having already dominated towards him in his ongoing prison trial, and claimed that public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan “my political enemy…answerable for the so-called Zuma Should Go motion” tried to affect her appointment to larger workplace.  

Ought to the Constitutional Court docket reject his software, Zuma is alternatively searching for that it “directs that I’m given the right alternative to current proof in relation to the query of whether or not direct imprisonment is an applicable treatment for the crime of contempt of courtroom”.

A basic view of members of the media outdoors former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on Friday 2 July 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In line with reviews, journalists had been intimidated and threatened by MKMVA members after questioning their disregard for Covid-19 protocols throughout a media briefing earlier within the day. (Picture: Leila Dougan)
A basic view of former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead on Friday 2 July 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (Picture: Leila Dougan)
MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus addresses the media outdoors Zuma’s Nkandla Homestead on Friday 2 July 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal. The Umkhonto we Sizwe Navy Veterans Affiliation (MKMVA) press briefing came about outdoors Zuma’s homestead the place Niehaus reiterated that they might not enable Zuma to be imprisoned. ““We now have warned that if President Zuma goes to be imprisoned that there might be instability and unrest in SA, he mentioned. (Picture: Leila Dougan)

Zuma, who has intentionally did not defend himself earlier than the ConCourt and to look earlier than the fee whereas beneath summons, now states that he at all times needed to look earlier than the fee, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, however that the dates coincided along with his medical examinations.

In attribute chorus, he states that the present state of affairs is essentially as a result of Zondo is biased. He states in his affidavit that when he left the Zondo fee final yr with out permission – and in so breached the Commissions Act – it was as a result of he needed to take medicine, and since there was a communication lag between his authorized group and Zondo, which was not adequately conveyed by his legal professionals. 

As for his ideas on the fee: “Let me state what my angle in direction of the fee is. I don’t imagine that it was established when it comes to the Structure and on the proper time, that problem would be the albatross across the neck of its legitimacy.”

He mentioned he hoped that his ConCourt software wouldn’t be thought to be “one other afront to the courtroom”. He had been lately suggested, he mentioned, that  “earlier than I stroll by way of the jail doorways to serve my sentence as the primary direct prisoner of the Constitutional Court docket beneath our constitutional democracy” it could “not be futile” to ask the courtroom to relook at its choice.

“I strategy the Honourable Court docket dreading the prospect that in coping with this software towards its seminal and unprecedented judgment on abstract imprisonment with out trial for contempt of courtroom, I do belief that it will likely be capable of dig from the depth of its judicial being, to extract the requisite calmness and restraint, and to adjudicate my software solely based mostly on its authorized deserves.”

“Given my very own unstable well being” he says, he’s entitled to the matter being re-examined to determine if the imprisonment order “doesn’t violate the constitutional rights it’s enjoined to guard”.

The previous president mentioned the courtroom made the “inaccurate assumption” that he was behind the statements made by his basis.  

“I’m a 79-year-old man who suffers from a medical situation that requires fixed and intense remedy and a focus. Within the occasion that the courtroom is persuaded that I needs to be given a correct alternative to take care of the difficulty of imprisonment, my state of well being would additionally type a part of the numerous different the explanation why I shouldn’t be imprisoned, extra notably within the present context of a lethal pandemic to which individuals in my circumstances are notably susceptible and on the highest danger of demise.”

Zuma mentioned his imprisonment wouldn’t serve “any constitutional worth however could also be a political assertion of exemplary punishment”.

He paints himself as a law-abiding citizen.

“There isn’t any different human being on this nation who has attended to and revered our courts with such frequency and consistency as I’ve completed up to now 20 years or so. I’ve by no means and can by no means deal with our courts with contempt.”

Edward Zuma, former president Jacob Zuma’s oldest son outdoors the Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday 2 July 2021. (Picture: Leila Dougan)

Zuma mentioned his causes for not participating the appliance of the Fee to the Constitutional Court docket was based mostly largely to his “lack of funds”.

Nonetheless, he doubled down on his assaults towards the judiciary, stating he was entitled to his opinion, whether or not it was proper or fallacious, and that he shouldn’t be imprisoned for holding one.

Zuma despatched a letter to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in April whereby he mentioned that he wouldn’t file an affidavit within the contempt listening to, calling the matter “a sham”, and saying that the Zondo Fee was “managed by his political foes”. 

“It’s abundantly clear, on any studying of the bulk judgment that the character and severity of the sentence was enormously, if not completely, influenced by the fabric contained within the rumour proof of the statements which had been issued by the Jacob Zuma Basis within the aftermath of the primary judgement of the Constitutional Court docket. “

The previous president mentioned the courtroom made the “inaccurate assumption” that he was behind the statements made by his basis.  

“This unprecedented and merciless regime has due to this fact been custom-made and particularly designed for me as a result of it’s statistically unimaginable that sooner or later, one other Head of State who is sort of 80 years outdated might be pressured to look earlier than a chairperson of a fee who’s accused of bias and battle of pursuits. Solely Jacob Zuma will match that invoice.”

He mentioned that if the courtroom fails to just accept his grounds to have the judgement rescinded, then it must “train its discretion” for the aim to listen to mitigation “particularly in relation to my growing well being scenario”. DM

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