In the wake of an arbitrary 15-month sentence for contempt of court without trial, the former President Jacob Zuma says he intends to seek justice from the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.
Jacob G Zuma Foundation confirmed in its official twitter the former statesman, had given his lawyers instructions to appeal ConCourt and Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s decision to provide civil detention without trial to the highest court in the region.
Zuma’s attempt at appealing the Constitutional Court’s ruling was unsuccessful, as the Court determined on Friday that his imprisonment was warranted. In addition, the Court dismissed the appeal with costs.
As an apex regional court, it can also issue “advisory” opinions that carry significant legal authority.
It is the African Union’s judicial arm, based in Arusha, Tanzania. The court is one of the world’s three regional human rights courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, all of which play critical roles in defending human rights in their respective regions.
ConCourt had on June 29, 2021 ordered Zuma to spend 15 months in jail after he had defied an order to appear before the Zondo Commission Inquiry probing corruption allegations during his presidency.
Zuma, 79, was released on medical parole last month after serving only a fraction of his prison sentence, which he mostly spent in a military hospital.
He is now serving the remainder of his sentence outside of prison gates.