The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has on Friday dismissed with costs former president Jacob Zuma’s appeal, which sought to have his 15-month sentence of contempt of court overturned.
Zuma filed an application with the ConCourt on July 12, seeking to nullify his imprisonment.
The apex court dismissed his application, arguing that the former statesman did not meet statutory requirements of a rescission.
ConCourt had sentenced the former statesman to 15 months in prison for contempt of court after he defied failed an earlier court order to appear before the Inquiry into State Capture, investigating alleged corruption during his nine years in office.
Zuma 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.