Corruption: Ex-President Jacob Zuma to spend 15-months in prison

June 29, 2021
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Jacob Zuma, former of South , was of contempt of court on Tuesday, and sentenced to 15 months in jail.

South ’s Constitutional Court gave the sentence after Zuma failed to appear at the inquiry led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in February.

The inquiry is examining allegations of high-level graft during Zuma’s period in power from 2009 to 2018.

Zuma denies wrongdoing and has so far not cooperated.

“Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is sentenced to undergo 15 months’ ,” constitutional court judge said, reading out the court’s order.

Zuma has to appear before police within five days, the judge added.

The allegations against Zuma include that he allowed businessmen close to him – brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta – to plunder state resources and influence policy.

The Guptas, also deny wrongdoing, left South after Zuma was ousted in move orchestrated by allies of his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa has been trying to restore investor confidence in ’s most industrialised nation.

However, he has faced opposition from faction within the governing African National Congress that is still loyal to Zuma.

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