First modification: 07/08/2021 – 04:24
Former South African president Jacob Zuma surrendered to the Police shortly before the expiration of the deadline imposed by the Justice for his arrest after being sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt. This charge is due to his repeated refusal to declare acts of corruption.
Zuma left his home in the city of Nkandla, in eastern South Africa, in a convoy of vehicles. This happened just minutes before the deadline for the police to arrest him. His JGZuma foundation explained on Twitter that the leader decided to comply with the jail order.
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
– JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) July 7, 2021
The court sentenced the former president to a 15-month prison term for defying an instruction in early February 2021. The order was to testify in an investigation into acts of corruption that occurred during the nine years that Zuma was in power, between 2009 and 2018. The investigation is led by Supreme Court Vice President Raymond Zondo.
Zuma denies that there was widespread corruption under his rule.
Political tensions have increased in KwaZulu-Natal province as a result of Zuma’s conviction, sentencing and pending arrest. Hundreds of his supporters gathered at his home over the weekend and vowed to avoid his arrest.
In the judicial investigation into corruption during his tenure, damning testimony has been heard from former cabinet ministers and senior executives of state corporations. They claim that Zuma allowed his associates, members of the Gupta family, to influence his cabinet appointments and lucrative contracts.
Zuma’s other legal issues
The former president is being tried on corruption charges related to an arms deal in 1999 when he was vice president. The signs are that the political allegedly received bribes from the French arms manufacturer Thales of. His financial advisor has already been convicted and jailed for that case.
In 2005, Zuma was charged with rape, but was acquitted in 2006 after the court found that the sex was consensual.
In 2009, he won the country’s presidential elections, but in 2018, mounting evidence of rampant corruption in his administration prompted his party, the ruling African National Congress, to force him to resign.
With AP, EFE and Reuters