Constitutional Court is expected to rule today on whether to overturn or uphold former president Jacob Zuma’s contempt of court conviction.
ConCourt sentenced the former statesman to 15 months in prison for contempt of court after he failed to comply with an earlier court order to appear before the Zondo Commission, investigating alleged corruption during his nine years in office.
Zuma filed an application with the ConCourt on July 12, seeking to nullify his imprisonment.
He said he would only testify if Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo recused himself.
The appeal was heard urgently in accordance with the court’s directives, which had a tight deadline.
On September 5, 2021, two months after turning himself into Escourt Correctional Services, Zuma was granted medical parole.
The former president is currently undergoing surgical treatment at a military hospital for an undisclosed illness.
Zuma is serving the remainder of his sentence outside of prison walls.
Jacob G. Zuma Foundation hopes the rescission application will restore Zuma’s rights.
The Foundation added that Zuma’s constitutional rights cannot be disregarded in the interest of equality before the law.