List: Jacob Zuma and Other Former African Leaders Who Have Been Sent to Jail

List: Jacob Zuma and Other Former African Leaders Who Have Been Sent to Jail

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.

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79-year-old Zuma was handed the jail term last week after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.

Jacob Zuma during his visit to Nigeria
Jacob Zuma served as the fourth democratically elected President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018. Photo: Garba Shehu
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Legit.ng in this report lists some top African leaders who have been sent to jail as gathered from Wikipedia.

  1. Alphonse Massamba-Débat - President of Congo between 1963-1968
  2. Ali Osman Taha - Vice president of Sudan between 2011-2013, 1998-2005
  3. Baghdadi Mahmudi - Prime minister of Libya between 2006-2011
  4. Banana, Canaan - President of Zimbabwe between 1980–1987
  5. Bokassa, Jean-Bédel - Central African Republic -Emperor between 1976–1979 and president between 1966–1976
  6. Carlos Correia - Prime minister of Guinea-Bissau between 2015-2016, 2008-2009, 1997-1998, 1991-1994
  7. Chihana, Chakufwa - Vice president of Malawi between 2003-2004, 1994-1996
  8. Diya, Oladipo - Vice president of Nigeria between 1993-1997
  9. Ebeid, Atef - Prime minister of Egypt between 1999-2004
  10. Ephraïm Inoni - Prime minister of Cameroon between 2004-2009
  11. Eugene Koffi Adoboli - Primi minister of Togo between 1999-2000
  12. Gregoire Kayibanda - President of Rwanda between 1961-1973
  13. Habib Bourguiba - President of Tunisia between 1957-1987 and prime minister between 1956-1957
  14. Haile Selassie - Emperor of Ethiopia between 1930–1974
  15. 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.

Source: Legit.ng

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