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Last week, the Constitutional Court found former president Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt of court, in relation to an order to appear before the State Capture Inquiry. The apex court sentenced him to 15 months in jail.  

Zuma, during a press conference over the weekend at his Nkandla home, told journalists that he had been subjected to apartheid-era "detention without trial" by the Constitutional Court.

He has since launched urgent legal action to undo the contempt finding made against him or plead for a lesser sentence. The Constitutional Court agreed that it would hear his rescission application on 12 July. 

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Zuma also applied for an order staying the committal orders granted against him by the Constitutional Court in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

The Zondo Commission has since hit back, stating that Zuma's comments are nothing more than "a poorly disguised attempt to undermine the courts once again".

FULL JUDGMENT | Zuma sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment

But the story of Zuma's 15-month sentence actually starts more than five years ago, on 9 December 2015, when he abruptly fired the country's finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, and replaced him with the unknown ANC MP Des van Rooyen.

In this explainer, News24 unpacks the events that led to Zuma being found guilty of contempt of court on 29 June.

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