South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma recently handed himself over to the police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court.
79-year-old Zuma was handed the jail term last week after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.
Legit.ng in this report lists some top African leaders who have been sent to jail as gathered from Wikipedia.
- Alphonse Massamba-Débat - President of Congo between 1963-1968
- Ali Osman Taha - Vice president of Sudan between 2011-2013, 1998-2005
- Baghdadi Mahmudi - Prime minister of Libya between 2006-2011
- Banana, Canaan - President of Zimbabwe between 1980–1987
- Bokassa, Jean-Bédel - Central African Republic -Emperor between 1976–1979 and president between 1966–1976
- Carlos Correia - Prime minister of Guinea-Bissau between 2015-2016, 2008-2009, 1997-1998, 1991-1994
- Chihana, Chakufwa - Vice president of Malawi between 2003-2004, 1994-1996
- Diya, Oladipo - Vice president of Nigeria between 1993-1997
- Ebeid, Atef - Prime minister of Egypt between 1999-2004
- Ephraïm Inoni - Prime minister of Cameroon between 2004-2009
- Eugene Koffi Adoboli - Primi minister of Togo between 1999-2000
- Gregoire Kayibanda - President of Rwanda between 1961-1973
- Habib Bourguiba - President of Tunisia between 1957-1987 and prime minister between 1956-1957
- Haile Selassie - Emperor of Ethiopia between 1930–1974
- Hama Amadou - Prime minister of Niger between 2000-2007, 1995-1996
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Former South African president to begin 15-month jail sentence
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that in compliance with a court ruling, the former South African president turned himself in to police to begin a 15 months jail sentence.
The police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba, confirmed in a statement that Zuma was in police custody, in compliance with the Constitutional Court judgment.
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.
Also, recall that the KwaZulu-Natal high court approved the state's request to issue a warrant of arrest for former South African president Jacob Zuma. This is coming after the politician failed to appear in court.
Legit.ng gathered that following a probe into the doctor's medical note that was provided to the court in relation to his absence due to 'illness', some details had been adjusted while others were missing.