South Africa’s commission welcomes constitutional court’s sentencing against Zuma

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Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s State Capture Inquiry Commission on Wednesday welcomed Constitutional Court’s sentencing against former President Jacob Zuma, saying it “vindicates the rule of law.”

“It vindicates the supremacy of our constitution,” said Deputy Chief and Chair of the commission Judge Raymond Zondo.

“We welcome the judgement, we think the judgement is of great importance,” he said.

Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday sentenced Zuma to 15 months in jail for being in contempt of court.

The sentence came after Zuma refused to comply with the order of the court which ordered him to appear and testify at the state capture commission.

The commission was launched in January 2018 to “investigate allegations of state capture, corruption, fraud and other allegations in the public sector including organs of state” in South Africa.

In February, Zuma was given dates to appear at the commission but he refused, accusing the chair of the commission deputy judge Raymond Zondo of bias towards him.

Zuma has to hand himself to the police in Nkandla in northern KwaZulu Natal or Johannesburg in five days after the sentence. Enditem

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