The Constitutional Court of South Africa has handed down one of the biggest judgments in its recent history on Tuesday morning, after it declared Jacob Zuma IS GUILTY of committing contempt of court at the State Capture Inquiry.
JACOB ZUMA FOUND GUILTY IN CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE
Msholozi stood accused of breaking the long-standing Commissions Act, which compels anyone directed to appear before a state commission to attend on their given dates and times. The 79-year-old repeatedly ignored these summons, choosing to stay away from the Inquiry – a decision that landed him in an ocean of legal complications.
The maximum penalty for flouting the Commissions Act is two years in prison. However, uBaba was happy to play with fire, and in a statement released earlier in 2021, he claimed that he ‘did not fear’ a stint behind bars.
This entire situation exploded into the public arena last November. Jacob Zuma, who briefly attended his second sitting at the Zondo Commission, then had his lawyers file a recusal bid against the DCJ. When that was deemed unsuccessful, the former president then left during a brief break in proceedings – but he was never to return.
CONCOURT LAMBASTS ‘ATTACKS ON JUDICIARY’
If there’s one person you don’t want to tick off, it’s the Deputy Chief Justice of the Country. Raymond Zondo immediately applied for a conviction, as ConCourt agreed to hear the case. After months of deliberation, things came to a head on Tuesday, and the bench delivered a verdict that will come to define an era.
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“Mr Zuma is in violation of the court and his defying of the court in public is of no relevance and is guilty of being in-contempt of court. Zuma failed to comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Court. This matter is extraordinary, never before has the authority of the ConCourt been threatened, never before has the Judiciary been threatened.”