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Khampempe reveals she had been threatened after sending Zuma to jail, Mzansi reacts

Zuma’s arrest has always been good news for the rule of law in South Africa. Holding accountable a former chief of state through a domestic legal and judicial process in Africa appears to be without precedent. This may seem to have been the right thing to do, but was it lawful for Za to be arrested without a trial?

This Khampepe judgment was a travesty of justice. The judgment was unlawful as confirmed by two Justices of the Constitutional Court. It was a display of anger, resentment and abuse of power by Constitutional Court. This is according to Jacob Zuma's Spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi. Manyi was responding to Khampepe's sentiment as she spoke to News24.

Had the Constitutional Court been intimidated into not jailing former president Jacob Zuma for contempt, "we could in all honesty not call ourselves a constitutional democracy founded on the rule of law", says the retired Justice Sisi Khampepe. It was the then Acting Deputy Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe with six other Constitutional Court justices who condemned former president Jacob Zuma to a year and three months in jail for contempt of the apex court’s order.

Now, the retired judge told News24 during an exclusive interview that she had been threatened after she wrote the apex court's majority ruling that sentenced Zuma to 15 months in prison for refusing to comply with its order that he appear before the State Capture Inquiry. “Why were we not afraid of any backlash? Because…had we treated Mr Zuma differently, because of who he once was, or because we were afraid of backlash, we could in all honesty not call ourselves a Constitutional democracy founded on the rule of law.” said the retired Justice Khampepe

She is confessing herself that Zuma's arrest was about proving a point not law or justice. People died, its not even an issue for our concourt judges. Her conscience is eating her up. Jacob Zuma's enemies are having sleepless nights, and he's in Nkandla hosting tea parties unbothered. Zuma's arrest was illegal...'finish and klaar'. Khampepe from the spy tapes can try justify it whichever way she likes but that's a fact.

Here's what others think about Khampepe's recent statement:

@Gontse8837 I fail to understand where the rule of law was applied. But I'm not surprised at all.

@BQKunene More than 300 black people died in Phoenix, South Africa and the country burned down to ashes because Judges wanted to prove a point.


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