Although the noose seems to tighten and the clock ticking, the former President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, may avoid jail time, but it is not necessarily up to him for such to prevail.
Zuma's followers have gathered in Nkandla in a vain attempt to evade his impending arrest, but they too will certainly not avoid the inevitable if the security forces have an order for his arrest.
However difficult things may be, there is one person who might make an imperatively significant decision to pardon Jacob Zuma and that is the President.
The president of the Republic is empowered by Section 84 (2) (j) of the Constitution to pardon or reprieve offenders.
But, before such a repreival or pardon takes place, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, currently led by Ronald Lamola, must make submissions to the Presidency.
Meanwhile, the Al Jama-ah have written to the Minister of Justice to prepare documentation to that effect, and it remains to be seen whether that would materialise as the NEC is meeting to reflect on the sentencing of Zuma this weekend.
Al Jama-ah statement
Zuma is not an ordinary civilian and he fought for the liberation of the black child, and in my viewpoint, sentencing him to imprisonment at his age may effectively not do the state any good, and the correction thereof may not necessarily be sustainable.
How does a Presidential pardon help Ramaphosa?
Jacob Zuma is one such a heavyweight politician that commands a monumental following both in the African National Congress and the country at large, therefore, granting him a presidential pardon may strengthen Ramaphosa's campaign going into the 2022 ANC's presidential conference.
Ramaphosa always said that he was trying to unite the ANC, and that would show the factions that the president is objective and is open to the restoration of the party.
With all Zuma's imperfections and critique of the Courts, he still was instrumental to the freedoms we so cherish today, and he would be the first former head of State in South Africa to serve time in prison.
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