/ 06 July 2021

Zuma hides from jail sentence

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has spoken out against attempts to jail him for contempt of court, likening the judges to apartheid rulers. Last week, the 79yo was sentenced to 15 months in jail after failing to appear at a corruption inquiry. “Sending me to jail during the height of a pandemic, at my age, is the same as sentencing me to death,” he says. Set up by Zuma himself in 2018 after a series of scandals, the inquiry is investigating the misuse of public funds during Zuma’s 8-years in power. While the warrant for Zuma’s arrest was originally set for last Sunday, the date has been put back after hundreds of his supporters rallied outside his house, forming a human shield to prevent officials’ access. Zuma is also involved in another corruption trial over a 90s US$5 billion arms deal.

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