Johannesburg, South Africa (Ramciel)-Former South Africans president Jacob Zuma was found guilty by the highest Constitutional Court. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison for contempt of court on Tuesday, a moving view by many as a landmark in the country’s long-running corruption saga.
Zuma was ordered by the Constitutional Court of South Africa to present himself at a police station in his hometown of Nkandla or Johannesburg within five days. If he fails could further escalate the court order.
Justice Sisi Khampege said during the judgment, “There can be no doubt that Mr. Zuma is in contempt of court.”
This order resurfaces because Zuma disinclined to appear at an anti-corruption commission to answer questions about his alleged corruption involvement during his time as the president. Although he repeatedly denied the allegations, the judge ruled that it was a “politically motivated smear campaign” to obstruct justice.
“No person is above the law … whatever his rank or condition,” she said, continuing: “An act of defiance in respect of a direct judicial order has the potential to precipitate a constitutional crisis.
“If with impunity litigants are allowed to decide which orders they wish to obey, and which they wish to ignore, then our Constitution is not worth the paper on which it is written.”
Zuma led South Africa as its leader from 2009-2018.