South Africa: Zuma Seeks To Overturn Sentence

South Africa: Zuma Seeks To Overturn Sentence

Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma requested his jail sentence for contempt overturned by South Africa’s top court.

He made the move saying his health would be endangered if his request isn’t granted. The 15-month jail sentence was initially passed in June after Zuma refused to testify at an inquiry probing corruption during his nine-year rule.

The court once again declined his bid to overturn the sentence.

In July, he requested the court to revoke the sentence after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed illness.

The constitutional court of South Africa rejected his bid following a majority decision on Friday.

Justice Sisi Khampepe said bluntly that “the application for rescission is dismissed.”

The JG Foundation found the court’s decision disappointing. Mzwanele Manyi, the spokesman for the JG Zuma Foundation replied saying “obviously the foundation is disappointed with this judgement.”

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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