Tuesday, February 23, 2021

South Africa: anti-corruption commission calls for two years in prison for Zuma


#Other countries : The commission charged with investigating widespread state corruption when Jacob Zuma was in power demanded on Monday from the country’s highest court, two years in prison against the former South African president , for his refusal to testify.

Since the creation of the commission in 2018, Zuma, already implicated by forty testimonies, multiplies the maneuvers to avoid having to explain himself, piling up appeals or asserting his right to silence.

After months of playing cat and mouse, Judge Raymond Zondo’s commission carried out its threats by filing an urgent appeal with the Constitutional Court for the former head of state (2009-2018) to be punished for having “intentionally and illegally” refused to advance the investigation.

Monday, February 15, the former South African president had once again snubbed the anti-corruption commission before which he was summoned all week.

But this time, he had at the same time ignored a decision rendered in January by the Constitutional Court, forcing him to appear and depriving him of the right to remain silent.

>>> READ ALSO: South Africa: ex-president Zuma once again snubs anti-corruption commission

The commission is now asking the Supreme Court to decide whether this latest affront from Zuma constitutes an “outrage of justice” and, if so, that he be sent behind bars.

In a barely veiled attack last week, the former head of state accused some judges of being “without faith or law.” He assured himself that Judge Zondo’s will to have him convicted of contempt of court would be granted, accusing the commission chairman of “political propaganda.”

The standoff between the two men has been going on for months, with both using the legal arsenal to launch their attacks.

>>> READ ALSO: South Africa: justice orders former president Zuma to testify before anti-corruption commission

The current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a workhorse, warned on Monday against the possible consequences of the remarks made by his predecessor.

Jacob Zuma, 78, testified only once before the commission, in July 2019. He quickly slammed the door, taking offense to being treated as an “accused”.

Dozens of ministers or ex-ministers, elected officials, businessmen or senior officials have already been heard, unpacking the dirty laundry of the Zuma era.

Stuck in scandals, he was forced to resign in 2018.



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