The former South African head of state, Jacob Zuma, is struggling to digest his 15-month contempt sentence by the Constitutional Court. The 79-year-old man had to submit to justice in order to serve his sentence. But, citing his state of health, he objected to the decision of the judges who, in his opinion, attacked him without taking into account his basic rights. The Constitutional Court agreed to hear his request for the annulment of the sentence on 12 July 2021.
The former leader of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, refuses to admit the decision of the court which sentenced him to 15 months in prison for having repeatedly refused to testify in the context of state corruption investigations. He had a week to go to court, but for health reasons, he stayed at home.I’m not asking for sympathy, I’m asking for justice. My age, medical condition and any other mitigating circumstances were not taken into account when the sentence was imposed.” , said the former South African head of state from 2009 to 2018, Sunday, July 4 in front of a crowd of supporters gathered in front of his Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to Jacob Zuma, this sentence aims to end his life. The current context marked by a meteoric advance of Covid-19 does not help to make its detention easier. He is not going to go to court because of an illness he has been carrying for several years.” I am afraid that South Africa will fall under an apartheid regime. Sending me to prison at the height of a pandemic at my age is tantamount to condemning me to death,’ he added.
The Constitutional Court will review the decision again on 12 July. In case the sentence is upheld, Jacob Zuma will be arrested at his home by the police. However, the former head of state must appear this Tuesday, July 6 before a provincial jurisdiction to know if the order to arrest him can be suspended to allow the Constitutional Court to reconsider the decision.