Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

South Africa’s constitutional court

Published on: 25 March, 2021

South Africa’s constitutional court is set to hold a virtual session to hear an application to have former president Jacob Zuma declared in contempt of court for refusing to testify before a judicial inquiry investigating corruption. The inquiry, known as the Zondo commission, has asked the court – South Africa’s highest – to sentence Zuma to two years in prison.

Jacob Zuma is expected to part take in this virtual hearing. Zuma’s supporters are planning to gather in front of the court. The Zondo Commission was established to investigate the so-called “state capture” scandal during Zuma’s 9-year tenure. It involves allegations that the wealthy Gupta family used their friendship with Zuma to unfairly secure government contracts and to influence political decisions.

Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing. Zuma has been implicated in at least 36 affidavits before the commission by individuals, including former ministers. He insists the commission is biased. He was due to testify FEB 15-19 but defied the court’s order to appear.