Political parties welcomed the Constitutional Court ruling on Tuesday, which found President Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months in jail.
The ruling comes after Zuma defied the ConCourt’s order to comply with the State Capture Commission’s summons to appear before it.
Bantu Holomisa, leader of the United Democratic Movement, believes Zuma must pay for his behaviour by showing his middle finger at the Con Court.
“The ConCourt affirms that no one in this democracy is above the law,” Holomisa said.
Peter Groenewald, the leader of the Freedom Front Plus, characterised the verdict as an example of effective democracy.
“Tuesday’s judgment by the ConCourt, sentencing President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, is a victory for South Africa’s constitutional democracy,” Groenewald stated.
“Jacob Zuma will go to jail. We want to see him suffer. We will transport him from Nkandla to prison,” Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Twitter.
EFF Leader Julius Malema
– Jacob Zuma Will go to jail
– We want to see him suffer
– We will fetch him from Nkandla to Prison
— The_Villager (@The_commentor1) June 29, 2021
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen said in his address to the nation in Cape Town that this was one of the best court decisions in our democracy’s history.
He said the judgment confirms that no one can stand above the law in South Africa, adding that even a former President still enjoys strong support within the ruling party.
“Mr Zuma has now exited the runway. He stubbornly avoided his day in court for well over a decade while insisting that his day in court was all he wanted,” said Steenhuisen.
Meanwhile, the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) told CapeTalk that it supports the former president, Jacob Zuma.
MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus has urged South Africans to express their displeasure with Zuma’s “unjust” sentence and to “fight Zuma’s imprisonment.”
Niehaus argues that the law has used factional battles.