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Former president Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars for contempt of court, but he's fighting back.
Former president Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars for contempt of court, but he's fighting back.
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  • The Constitutional Court on Tuesday found former president Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt of court. 
  • The Jacob Zuma Foundation has alleged that the apex court acted with bias.
  • Zuma is fighting back and will file an urgent application for the rescission of the Constitutional Court ruling. 

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court found former president Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt of court for failing to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

He has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars and has five days to report to a police station and start serving his sentence.

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The historic judgment was essentially about the rule of law and sent a strong message that nobody, not even a former president, can act with impunity.

Opposition parties have welcomed the judgment, but the Jacob Zuma Foundation issued a statement claiming the Constitutional Court had acted with bias.

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It labelled the judgement "judicially emotional and angry". The Foundation said it was taking legal advice on options available to Zuma. 

On Friday, the news broke that Zuma will file an urgent application for the rescission of the Constitutional Court ruling.

His legal team also plans to urgently seek to stay the implementation for the order of his arrest in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. 

This week on The Story, we speak to legal journalist Karyn Maughan who unpacks the significance of the judgment and the latest developments.

We also speak to News24 political editor Qaanitah Hunter about the political reactions following the judgment and the potential political fallout.

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