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Opinion | What'S Next For Jacob Zuma Despite His Court Case?


Zumas faces 16 accusations of fraud, bribery and extortion in connection with the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and equipment in 1999 by five European defence companies when he was vice-president. Zuma, who has denied any wrongdoing, faces corruption charges in a separate case where he is accused of accepting bribes in connection with the $4 billion arms deal with French manufacturer Thales in 1999.    Show Source Texts


Former South African President Jacob Zuma resigned from the government and appointed a commission to investigate alleged corruption after refusing to testify on the orders of South Africa's Constitutional Court. Zuma still faces a litany of legal problems after pleading not guilty in a separate corruption trial last month about an arms deal from his time as vice president in 1999.    Show Source Texts


On 29 June, South Africa's Constitutional Court sentenced former South African president Jacob Zuma for contempt of court to 15 months in prison after he arrested earlier this month. Violent unrest and looting in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal and in Gauteng province, another South African economic hub, have raised concerns over whether Zuma will be spared prison, as the justice system overrides everything else to placate his supporters. Zuma is expected to appear in court on charges related to a $2 billion arms deal corruption case, which led to his ouster as vice president of the country in 2005. Zuma was taken to a hospital on Friday for medical observation.    Show Source Texts


Former President Jacob Zuma is taken into custody by South African police in his rural home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal and sent to a provincial prison where he will serve a 15-month sentence - the legal term for a guilty verdict handed down by the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the country's highest court. Zuma's ruling confirms his own decision that Zuma must go to prison for refusing to testify before a Commission of Investigation into widespread corruption in government and state-owned enterprises when he was President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018. Zuma, who was impeached by South Africa's parliament in December 2018, enjoys significant support in parts of the country, particularly from the ruling African National Congress party. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison for refusing to testify during his presidency from 2009 to 2019 twice to a commission of inquiry into state corruption.    Show Source Texts


On June 29 the situation took an awkward turn when Zuma was found guilty of contempt of South Africa's highest court for hacking corruption investigators investigating his tenure as president. On June 14, 2005, President Thabo Mbeki removed former President Zuma from his post as Vice-President on corruption and fraud charges relating to a $5 billion arms deal with South Africa's government in 1999. In 2015, Jacob Zuma is said to have favored his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as his successor as president of the African National Congress (ANC) and president of South Africa in order to maintain his control over party and state to avoid prosecution on the pending criminal charges.    Show Source Texts


Zuma is a member of the country's dominant Zulu ethnic group and continues to enjoy fervent public support within South Africa's ruling ANC (African National Congress) party many see him as a man who stands for the poor. His successor Cyril Ramaphosa has made concerted efforts to eradicate corruption in the ANC and his own ANC party, deepening the divide between his supporters and Zuma loyalists. Given that Zuma, as a former president, has inspired others to evade or disregard justice, the court may conclude that only prison sentences will deter them.    Show Source Texts


Zuma welcomed Koen's decision to have the case heard in an open court. The protracted corruption trial of the imprisoned former South African President Jacob Zuma began in May after many postponements and delays in which Zuma's legal team worked to drop 16 charges of fraud, bribery and extortion related to the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military equipment from five European defense companies in 1999. Zuma ignored the summons to the hearing and refused to appear despite an order from the Constitutional Court.    Show Source Texts


The court on Friday rejected Zuma's appeal against the suspension of his sentence. In the 7-2 ruling, the judges said Zuma had refused to attend the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, where the trial that led to his conviction took place, in order to bring the case back to court before the case was closed. One consequence of the verdict was that he had to travel out of prison for his next court date.    Show Source Texts


Ace Magashule, the party's general secretary, was suspended earlier this month after refusing to go to court for playing a key role in a $15 million (€10.7 million) contract that found asbestos had been removed from homes in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the Free State. He travelled to the court in Pietermaritzburg to support Zuma. The findings of the Zondo Commission and Zuma's imprisonment have highlighted not only the fragility of the rule of law in South Africa, but also the deepening racial tensions in KwaZulu-Natal which is divided along ethnic lines during the unrest with the killing of 36 people. On October 11, 2019, the South African Supreme Court rejected a request by Zuma to drop 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering in connection with an illegal arms deal worth 2.5 billion dollars (1.98 billion euros) dating back to the late 1990s, in order to ensure that South Africa's armed forces could buy 30 billion rand of European military equipment.    Show Source Texts


South Africa's successful handling of Zuma's contempt for the court shows that it is possible that judges, former heads of state and members of society are not entitled to special legal treatment. Africa in brief Lynsey Chutel Zuma fell out with South Africa's president after surviving scandal after scandal that ruined his country's economy and reputation.    Show Source Texts


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