South Africa’s highest court on Tuesday, June 29 ordered the imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, for 15 months on contempt charges, after he defied an order to appear before a corruption inquiry examining the breathtaking financial scandals that tainted his tenure as the country’s leader from 2009 to 2018.
Mr. Zuma, 79, voluntarily surrendered on Wednesday, 40 minutes before a midnight deadline for the Police to hand him over to prison officials. He was driven out of his compound in a long convoy of cars and taken into custody a short time after, Police said.
The arrest followed a week of tense brinkmanship in which the former President and his allies railed against the high court’s decision, suggesting, without evidence, that he was the victim of a conspiracy.
Dear South Africans and the World.
Please be advised that President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order.
He is on his way to hand himself into a Correctional Services Facility in KZN.
A full statement will be issued in due course. #WenzenuZuma
Zuma’s daughter also confirms arrest
Just spoke @PresJGZuma en route and he is still in high spirits. He said that he hopes they still have his same overalls from Robben Island and we laughed hard that at least he won’t struggle with Afrikaans this time round. We salute dad! Amandla!!!
Cdes, we celebrate the imprisonment of the Freedom Fighter @PresJGZuma
Cdes, we celebrate the incarceration of the only man who remained loyal to @MYANC. Cdes, no retreat, no surrender in fighting WMC and their proxy’s in our Leadership. Amandla!!!
Police confirms arrest
Police have confirmed that Former President Jacob Zuma is in their custody as per Constitutional Court ruling relating to his contempt of court matter. #ZumaArrest
Department of Correctional Services confirms Zuma in Prison
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) can confirm that Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has been admitted to start serving a 15 months sentence at Estcourt Correctional Centre, KwaZulu-Natal.
Mr Zuma will be taken through all the admission processes as per DCS regulations. Other relevant prescripts pertaining to admitting and orientating newly incarcerated persons will also be followed and executed.
Details about the appropriate classification, prerogatives and incarceration conditions can only be determined at the completion of the assessment process to be undertaken by relevant authorities within the employ of DCS.
Keeping inmates in a safe and secure custody remains cardinal to Correctional Services and we remain committed to this cause.
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