- The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has lodged an urgent appeal with the Constitutional Court requesting that former president Jacob Zuma be sentenced to two years in prison
- Zuma has repeatedly ignored summonses to appear before the commission
- The former president has been thrown a lifeline, the sentence may be suspended if he appears before 31 March 2021
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has requested that the Constitutional Court sentence former president Jacob Zuma to two years in prison for contempt of court.
This follows Zuma's refusal to appear before the court resulting in the Commission making an urgent application to the Constitutional Court according to News24.
Zuma refused to comply with three summonses that were issued by the court for him to appear according to the Mail and Guardian.
However, the former president can avoid jail time if he appears before the Commission the court may suspend the sentence. Zuma would have to make special arrangements to appear before the 31st of March for this to be possible.
The news of the application has sent shockwaves through social media with Zuma's supporters crying foul and citing the Commissions Act a 1947 Act of Parliament.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Former president Jacob Zuma's foundation wants his corruption trial to be put to an end. The foundation questioned whether the state would ever be ready to go forward with Zuma's corruption case.
The call from the Jacob G Zuma foundation comes after it claimed that the National Prosecuting Authority plans to postpone the arms deal matter to 17 May. The case against Zuma and French company Thales was reportedly expected to start this week.
The statement by Msholozi's foundation was released late on Sunday evening.
In other news, President Cyril Ramaphosa released his weekly 'From The Desk of the President' statement on Monday, 22 February. The president spoke about attacks on the judiciary, stating that they are "deeply disturbing".
The statement added that the lack of evidence to support claims that judges have been accused of political agendas and accepting bribes undermine the judiciary and the important function it performs in the country.
The president added that evidence of wrongdoing by any judge should be presented through the avenues provided in the Constitution and in SA's law to ensure that appropriate action is taken
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