Zuma takes legal battle to an African Court

2021-Sep-18   07:53

Zuma takes legal battle to an African Court
Former president Jacob Zuma is challenging his imprisonment at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.
Source: Jacob Zuma Foundation / Twitter

- Dimakatso Genkoe

Former president Jacob Zuma is challenging his imprisonment at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation revealed this on Saturday after the former statesman's loss at the Constitutional Court on Friday. The highest court in the land said Zumadid not qualify for a rescission.

"H.E Prez Zuma has been in consultation his legal team on various recent developments. He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo & the ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples Rights," said the Foundation on its Twitter page.

The ConCourt dismissed Zuma's application to rescind the judgment that sentenced him to 15 months in jail for contempt of court when he failed to appear and testify before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. He spent only two months of his sentence partly in prison and hospital before being granted a release on medical parole.

Justice Sisi Khampepe - who delivered the Concourt judgment on Friday - said entertaining Zuma’s application would be equal to permitting him to "blow hot or cold" as he had deliberately refused to participate in the litigation that resulted in him being jailed. 

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