Former President Jacob Zuma turned himself in to police on Wednesday to start 15 months in jail for contempt of court docket, the fruits of a protracted authorized drama seen as a take a look at of the post-apartheid state’s capability to implement the rule of regulation.
Police spokesman Lirandzu Themba confirmed in a press release that Zuma was in police custody, in compliance with the constitutional court docket judgment.
The division of correctional providers stated in a separate assertion that Zuma was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre, about 175km from his rural homestead in Nkandla. Tv aired reside footage of his motorcade coming into the ability.
The court docket gave Zuma a 15-month jail time period final week for defying an instruction earlier in February to present 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 top of Wednesday if he failed to seem at a police station. Lots of 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.
‘Determined to conform’
“President Zuma has determined to adjust to the incarceration order,” his basis stated, the primary time Zuma’s camp had proven any willingness to cooperate with the court docket.
It was a exceptional fall for a revered veteran of the ANC, who was jailed by throughout apartheid 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 be aware on Sunday, lashing out on the judges and launching authorized challenges to his arrest.
His attorneys requested the constitutional court docket 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 give up 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 inspecting allegations that he allowed three Indian-born businessmen, Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, to plunder state sources and 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 court docket case regarding the US$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. — Reported by Siyabonga Sishi, with extra reporting by Nqobile Dludla, Tim Cocks and Wendell Roelf, (c) 2021 Reuters