Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s High Court orders former president to go back to jail

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The 79-year previous started medical parole in September, and is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court docket, after he ignored directions to take part in a corruption inquiry.

In the identical month, South Africa’s high court docket dismissed a bid by Zuma to overturn the sentence.

The authorized processes towards him for alleged corruption throughout his nine-year reign are broadly considered as a check of post-apartheid South Africa’s means to implement the rule of legislation, notably towards highly effective, well-connected folks.

Zuma handed himself in on July 7 to start his jail sentence, triggering the worst violence South Africa had seen in years as his indignant supporters took to the streets.

Former South African President Zuma released from prison on medical parole

The protests widened into looting and an outpouring of anger over the hardship and inequality that persist in South Africa 27 years after the tip of apartheid. Greater than 300 folks have been killed and hundreds of companies have been pillaged and razed.

Zuma’s authorized workforce are interesting the newest court docket ruling, his basis stated.

“The judgment is clearly improper & there are sturdy prospects {that a} greater court docket will come to a very completely different conclusion,” the muse wrote on Twitter.

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The Division of Correctional Providers stated that it was learning the judgment and can make any bulletins at a later time.

Zuma’s presidency between 2009-2018 was marred by widespread allegations of graft and wrongdoing, and he faces a separate corruption trial linked to his sacking as deputy president in 2005 when he was implicated in a $2 billion authorities arms deal.

That trial towards Zuma, which has been held up for a few years, on a number of prices together with corruption, racketeering and cash laundering, is predicted to proceed subsequent yr.

He denies wrongdoing in all instances and say he’s the sufferer of a political witchhunt meant to marginalize his faction inside the ruling African Nationwide Congress. The celebration stated solely that it had acquired the judgment.