Former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has yet voluntarily turned himself in to the police. The Zuma Foundation released around midnight via Twitter know that he was on his way to the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Prison where he is to serve a 15-month sentence. Later, the police confirmed that Zuma had indeed turned himself in to the prison.
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Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison late last month for refusing to testify before a commission investigating corruption during his presidency. This was seen as contempt for the judiciary and the constitution.
Zuma, 79, had asked for a review of that verdict due to his “weak health”, but the police ministry said on Wednesday it felt compelled to arrest Zuma before midnight. Until his sentence is suspended, the Minister of Police and the Chief Commissioner could face charges if they fail to arrest Zuma.
Zuma is accused of making lucrative deals with business friends during his nine-year presidency. They would even have been allowed to choose which ministers were appointed. The former president denies the allegations, but refused to answer questions about them to the commission of inquiry he once set up.
In recent days, hundreds of supporters had gathered at Zuma’s home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal province, to protect him from his possible arrest.
JGZ_Foundation JGZuma Foundation (Official) 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 July 7, 2021 @ 21:46