South African former President Jacob Zuma turned himself in to police on Wednesday to start 15 months in jail for contempt of courtroom, the end result of an extended authorized drama seen as a check of the post-apartheid state’s means to implement the rule of regulation.
Police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba confirmed in a press release that Zuma was in police custody, in compliance with the Constitutional Courtroom judgment.
The Division of Correctional Providers mentioned in a separate assertion that Zuma was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre, about 175 km from his rural homestead in Nkandla in japanese South Africa. Tv aired dwell footage of his motorcade getting into the power.
The courtroom gave Zuma a 15-month jail time period final week for defying an instruction earlier in February to offer proof at an inquiry into corruption throughout his 9 years in energy till 2018. The inquiry is led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Police had been instructed to arrest Zuma by the tip of Wednesday if he failed to seem at a police station. A whole lot of his supporters, a few of them armed with weapons, spears and shields, had gathered close by at his homestead to attempt to stop his arrest.
However in the long run, the 79-year-old Zuma determined to go quietly.
“President Zuma has determined to adjust to the incarceration order,” his basis mentioned, the primary time Zuma’s camp had proven any willingness to cooperate with the courtroom.
It was a exceptional fall for a revered veteran of the African Nationwide Congress liberation motion, who was jailed by South Africa’s white minority rulers for his half in its battle to make everybody equal earlier than the regulation.
Zuma denies there was widespread corruption below his management and he had struck a defiant notice on Sunday, lashing out on the judges and launching authorized challenges to his arrest.
His attorneys requested the Constitutional Courtroom on Wednesday to droop its order to the police to arrest him by midnight pending the end result of his problem towards a jail sentence.
Zuma gave in to strain to stop and yield to now-President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018. He has since confronted inquiries into allegations of corruption relationship from his time as president and earlier than.
The Zondo Fee is analyzing allegations that he allowed three Indian-born businessmen, Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, to plunder state assets and site visitors affect over authorities coverage. He and the Gupta brothers, who fled to Dubai after Zuma was ousted, deny any wrongdoing.
Zuma additionally faces a separate courtroom case regarding a $2 billion arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president. He denies the costs. The previous president maintains that he’s the sufferer of a political witch hunt and that Zondo is biased towards him.