Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
The Constitutional Court of South Africa ordered that Zuma present himself at a police station in his home town of Nkandla or Johannesburg within five days.
Zuma’s conviction comes after he refused to appear at an anti-corruption commission to answer questions about his alleged involvement in corruption during his time as president. Zuma served as South Africa’s president from 2009 to 2018 and has repeatedly denied the corruption allegations.
Judge Khampepe said that Zuma attempted to corrode the legitimacy of the Constitutional Court by conducting a “politically motivated smear campaign” against it, the commission and the judiciary.”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.”