The rise and fall of Jacob Zuma
Former South Africa’s President has five days to present himself to the authorities failure to which the police must “take all steps that are necessary” to nab him.
On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court ordered his arrest after he defied an order to appear before a corruption inquiry.
“The Constitutional Court can do nothing but conclude that Mr. Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court,” acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe said in a ruling in Johannesburg.
WATCH: South Africa’s Constitutional Court sentences ex-President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
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The 79-year-old leader is battling corruption charges after being repeatedly implicated in aiding and abetting the plunder of state funds during his reign when he led South Africa.
Earlier in January this year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Ex-president had to respond to questions from a judicial commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Zuma, however, decided to play tough and accused the court and Zondo of bias and boycotted a panel hearing in February, after having walked out of one in November. The panel responded by filing contempt charges against him.
The latest ruling is expected to rock the ANC Party as his loyal supporters fight to defend him.
Mzwanele Manyi, spokesman for the Zuma Foundation, spoke to bloomberg by phone and said a dark cloud had just covered South Africa.
“What kind of humanity is this where an 80-year-old man that did not kill anyone is treated as though he is a cold criminal. So it’s a serious, sad day in South Africa.”