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'Zuma's attempt to humiliate the state backfired' - OPINION

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By WeOfferNews | self meida writer
Published 5 days ago - 5642 views

When Zuma published defiant declarations vowing never to cooperate with Zondo and bravely claiming he was not afraid to go to prison he was merely playing to the gallery of his idiotic supporters. Actually Zuma is very scared of going to prison. But he never expected that Zondo had options that could land him in prison very soon. He was badly advised.


Zuma expected that Zondo would take his contempt case to the police for investigation, the result of which would be submitted to the prosecuting authority to decide, whether and when to prosecute. The matter would then go through the courts starting from a junior court. Appeals would take several years to reach the Constitutional Court

Zuma reckoned the courts would probably give higher priority, to the relatively more serious and numerous arms deal corruption cases. So Zuma did not see Zondo as a threat. The advice which Zuma got from his lawyers was probably based on precedents


What they failed to assess properly was that his defiance, which he widely publicized, was most humiliating to the Constitutional Court and unprecedented


As the ultimate interpreters of the constitution the Constitutional Court, allows itself a lot of discretion. After all jurisprudence based on our constitution is still a work in progress. The constitutional court pulled the rug under Zum, by cutting out the junior courts and even doing away with the prosecuting authority


The matter will be decided and sentence will be passed, on the basis of an application by the Zondo Inquiry, which will effectively prosecute the case


That is how the Constitutional Court neatly put an end to its unprecedented, ongoing humiliation by Zuma. His attempt to politisize the matter has backfired


The matter is now completely out of the hands of politicians including Zuma. He overplayed his political hand. As a result we shall see him in orange overalls sooner than we ever expected. It will be a satisfying sight to many a South African. We live in interesting times


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