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Zuma, ConCourt battle set to continue in Africa Court

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Former President Jacob Zuma.  Photo: GALLO IMAGES
Former President Jacob Zuma. Photo: GALLO IMAGES

The battle in the matter between former President Jacob Zuma and the Constitutional Court is far from over, following an unsuccessful bid to rescind the contempt of court judgement.

This is according to a tweet posted by the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

The foundation indicated Zuma’s consultation with his legal team on the developments following a negative judgement that was handed down on Friday, September 17. 

“He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo and the ConCourt to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” the tweet read.

A refusal on the part of Zuma to honour a constitutional court order to testify at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry led to a verdict that subjected him to a 15-month imprisonment sentence at the end of June. 

Prior to submitting himself for incarceration, Zuma filed an application seeking the court to reconsider and rescind the order made in the contempt proceedings. 

His application indicates that the order of imprisonment constitutes cruel and degrading punishment, considering his personal health challenges, old age and risks posed by COVID-19.

His assertions were refuted by a ruling read by Justice Sisi Khampepe stating that he has met none of the requirements of a rescission as governed by the common law. 

“It is unfortunate, to say the very least, that Mr Zuma failed to bring the submissions with which he now arms himself to this court before we reached this point,” Khampepe said

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