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Jacob Zuma latest: Call for political leaders to be brought to book

‘There are too many political leaders…and government officials that consider themselves beyond reproach’ Kallie Kriel on Jacob Zuma ruling.


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Afriforum has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of former President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday as a “victory for justice” but has warned that there is still work to do to bring other lawbreakers to book.

Zuma was sentenced in the Constitutional Court to 15 months in jail after he was found guilty of contempt of court. He had earlier defied a Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission on state capture. The state capture inquiry, which is headed by Raymond Zondo, had asked the court to intervene in bring Zuma to account before it.

“There are unfortunately too many political leaders, former political leaders and government officials that consider themselves beyond reproach and above the law which led to the looting of state coffers and state capture in the first place,” Kriel said in a statement.

“Although this ruling can be considered a step in the right direction, far more must still be done to call to account people who act as if they are above the law,” says Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum.

Acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe in handing down the court’s ruling said that Zuma refused to come to court to explain why he had not appeared at the commission and had “elected instead to make provocative, unmeritorious and vituperative statements that constituted a calculated effort to impugn the integrity of the judiciary.

“I am left with no option but to commit Mr Zuma to imprisonment, with the hope that doing so sends an unequivocal message… the rule of law and the administration of justice prevails,” she ruled.

Jacob Zuma has been ordered to hand himself over to the Nkandla or Johannesburg Central police stations within five days for the station commanders to immediately deliver him to a correctional centre to start serving his sentence.

According to the ruling, if Zuma fails to present himself at one of the police stations, then Police Minister Bheki Cele and national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole have been ordered to take steps to ensure that he is committed to a correctional centre within three calendar days.