A South African court on Friday, September 17, 2021, rejected an application by former president Jacob Zuma asking to rescind his 15-month prison sentence slammed on him for contempt of court.
The South African Constitutional Court upheld its earlier judgement stating that Jacob Zuma should be confined to prison for a period of 15 months for refusing to testify at a panel of inquiry into pervasive corruption in the country’s government and state-owned business entities whilst Zuma was president of South Africa between 2009-2018.
With the court indicting him for contempt, the former South African president was imprisoned in July but has since been granted “medical parole” over an undisclosed ailment. His release from prison has attracted criticisms from opposition who continue insist that the process did not follow due process.
The judgement rejecting Zuma’s application to rescind his prison sentence was read by Justice Sisi Khampepe at the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court. She disclosed that it was a majority decision of 7-2 in the panel of judges who upheld Zuma’s jail term.