Zuma tells ConCourt jail term is a death sentence, raises Covid-19 fears in last-ditch plea for mercy

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Former president Jacob Zuma faces a jail sentence after defying the Constitutional Court.
Former president Jacob Zuma faces a jail sentence after defying the Constitutional Court.
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Former president Jacob Zuma says his 15-month jail term for contempt is a possible death sentence and insists that, at very least, the Constitutional Court should allow him an opportunity to argue that it be lessened.

In a recission application filed on Friday, Zuma contends that the apex court should, at very least, hear evidence in mitigation of his sentence - which he is due to start serving on Sunday - "in relation to my developing health situation".

"At that point, I will be in a better position to adduce the expert evidence of my medical team. That is the least humane gesture this honourable court may wish to undertake before possibly sentencing me to death at my age, state of health and in the middle of a deadly pandemic."

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