If the Constitutional court rules against Jacob Zuma's rescission application, it is the end of the road for the former president. But as Ben Winks writes, this wasn't always the case and previously there were other avenues to explore.
On Monday, the Constitutional Court heard argument in Jacob Zuma's desperate final effort to overturn the 15-month prison sentence he is now serving.
Unusually, he is asking the Court to "rescind" its own order from two weeks ago, claiming that it was made erroneously and in violation of his fundamental rights. The Court had convicted him of contempt of court for defying its earlier order that he must appear and answer questions at the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture.