Aged president Jacob Zuma is guilty of contempt of court docket for failure to regulate to an say of the Constitutional Court docket to honour a summons to seem sooner than the issue employ commission, the apex court docket stumbled on on Tuesday.
Handing down the court docket’s resolution on behalf of the majority, justice Sisi Khampepe stated it is a long way the lofty and lonely work of the judiciary to uphold, offer protection to and apply the structure and the law at all prices.
The court docket ordered that Zuma be sentenced to a 15-month jail term.
“The precise applicable sanction is a appropriate away unsuspended say of imprisonment,” Khampepe stated.
The court docket used to be handing down judgment in the software by the commission of inquiry into issue employ that Zuma be held in contempt of court docket for failing to regulate to the court docket’s earlier say in January to obey the commission’s summons to seem and offers proof from February 15 to 19.
Zuma didn’t honour that summons.
After Zuma’s failure to seem, the commission launched contempt court docket cases in the Constitutional Court docket.
The commission additionally sought an say that Zuma be sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for contempt.
The judgment comes three months after the court docket heard the unopposed software by the commission.
In April, sooner than the listening to of the contempt software, the court docket issued instructions that Zuma must file an affidavit addressing what penalty the court docket ought to peaceful impose if it enjoy been to obtain him in contempt of court docket.
Zuma didn’t oppose these contempt of court docket court docket cases and didn’t rob part in the matter.
As yet any other he wrote to chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asserting he would no longer rob part as a conscientious objection.
When the commission applied for Zuma to be held in contempt, its counsel Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC argued that ultimate imprisonment would vindicate the final be conscious court docket’s authority.
by Ernest Mabuza