Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been jailed for 15 months.
Zuma was on Tuesday, June 29, found guilty of contempt by a Constitutional Court after he failed to appear at a corruption inquiry while he was president.
“The Constitutional Court can do nothing but conclude that Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court,” Acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe said.
After handing down the sentence, Judge Sisi Khampepe directed Zuma to appear at the Johannesburg Police Station within five days for transfer to a correctional facility.
Should he not surrender to the police within the specified time frame, Khampepe has instructed the Minister of Police and the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service to take all necessary steps to ensure Zuma is taken to a correctional facility.
“I am left with no option but to commit Mr Zuma to imprisonment, with the hope that doing so sends an unequivocal message. The rule of law and the administration of justice prevails,” she ruled.
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