The commission probing widespread state corruption when Jacob Zuma was president of South Africa, on Monday requested the Supreme Court to hand down a two year jail time for Zuma over his refusal to testify.
Since the creation of the commission in 2018, Jacob Zuma already implicated by some forty testimonies has on several occasions tried to avoid having to explain himself, thus, piling up appeals or asserting his right to silence.
On Monday, February 15, the former South African president again snubbed the anti-corruption commission before which he was summoned all week.
The former South African president accused some judges of being “without faith or law”. He said he was certain that Judge Zondo’s desire to have him convicted of contempt of court would be fulfilled, accusing the president of “political propaganda”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a battle horse, on Monday warned of the possible consequences of the remarks made by his predecessor.
Dozens of ministers or former ministers, elected officials, businessmen or high-ranking civil servants have already been heard, unpacking the scandal’s in the Zuma era. Zuma, who ruled the Southern African nation between 2009 and 2018, was forced to resign in 2018 following a slew of scandals in his administration.