Jacob Zuma: Former South African President to Begin 15-Month Jail Sentence

Jacob Zuma: Former South African President to Begin 15-Month Jail Sentence

  • South Africa's former president, Jacob Zuma, has been admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre in his home province
  • Zuma was faced with a possible arrest by police if he had refused to comply with the Constitutional Court judgment
  • The former president had attempted to challenge the 15-month jail term handed to him for contempt of court

PAY ATTENTION: Join Legit.ng Telegram channel! Never miss important updates!

In compliance with a court ruling, a former South African former president, Jacob Zuma, has turned himself in to police to begin a 15 months jail sentence.

Reuters reported that the police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday, July 7, that Zuma was already in police custody.

Jacob Zuma: Former South African president complies with a court judgment
Jacob Zuma addresses his supporters outside his house on July 4, 2021, in Nkandla, South Africa. Photo: Mlungisi Louw
Source: Getty Images

The Constitutional Court had handed Zuma the jail term after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.

The sentencing sparked an unprecedented legal drama in South Africa, which has never seen a former president jailed before.

Read also

JUST IN: Boko Haram insurgents attack Adamawa community

Zuma, who initially refused to hand himself in, later rescinded his decision. Police had warned that they were prepared to arrest him if he did not hand himself in.

Zema in Estcourt Correctional Center

CNN reported that the Department of Correctional Services disclosed that the former president was admitted to the Estcourt Correctional Center near his home in KwaZulu-Natal province

The BBC reported that his daughter, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, later wrote on social media that her father was "en route [to the jail] and he is still in high spirits".

Zuma's decision to hand himself to the police ended days of intense speculation over whether he would comply with the court's judgment.

PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app

The former president has been accused of involvement in corruption during his time as president - a charge which he has repeatedly denied.

Read also

Jovenel Moïse: Tension as president of Haiti Is reportedly assassinated

EFCC declares Tambuwal's aide wanted

In another news, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has decided to go after one of Governor Aminu Tambuwal's aides over an alleged N2.2 million fraud.

Daily Trust reports that the anti-graft agency is going after Bello Malami Tambuwal, a special adviser for allegedly duping car dealers.

This was made known by Usman Kaltungo, the EFCC zonal head of the anti-graft agency on Wednesday, July 7.

Source: Legit.ng

Kess Ewubare avatar

Kess Ewubare Kess Ewubare is a former senior political/current affairs editor at Legit.ng. He has a diploma in-law in addition to a BSc and a master’s degree in mass communication. Kess is a journalist with over 10 years of working experience in several fields of journalism ranging from radio presenting, television news reporting, newspaper reporter, feature and magazine writing as well as online and multi-media journalism.