Niehaus Believes Zondo Went Out of His Way for 'Harsh' Zuma Sentence

Niehaus Believes Zondo Went Out of His Way for 'Harsh' Zuma Sentence

- MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus and other Jacob Zuma supports gathered outside the Constitutional Court on Thurday

- Niehaus spoke about the Zondo Commission's application to have Zuma jailed for two years for contempt of court

- Niehaus believes that Zondo is 'biased' and he wants the harshest sentence imposed on the former president

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People arrived outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to show their support for former president Jacob Zuma on Thursday, 25 March. The State Capture Commission wants Zuma jailed for two years.

Among those present outside the court was uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson Carl Niehaus. Niehaus believes that the action being taken against JZ is political.

He stated that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's bias is visible through the urgent application put through by the Commission to have Zuma imprisoned.

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Carl Niehaus came out in support of Jacob Zuma at the Johannesburg Constitutional Court. Image: Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24/Gallo Image and SIMON MAINA/AFP
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According to TimesLIVE, Niehaus said he and others were stunned that the Commission was asking for a two-year prison sentence, citing the 1947 Commissions Act as the reason for their shock. Niehaus believes that Zondo has gone out of his way to get the 'harshest' sentence imposed on JZ.

A report by News24 stated that he and the others outside the court were there as 'ordinary' members of the African National Congress. Niehaus believes that Zuma is being targetted and that the hearing on Thursday was not a matter of law but a matter of politics.

Earlier, reported that the Zondo Commission wants Zuma jailed rather than facing the Commission. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi made an application in the Constitutional Court on behalf of the Zondo Commission against former president Jacob Zuma. Ngcukaitobi said that Msholozi was attempting to avoid accountability on serious allegations.

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This application was put forward after Zuma failed to appear in court after being summoned. The commission wants Zuma put in jail for two years for this.

The State Capture Inquiry argued that Zuma's public attacks on them and lawful institutions are unjustified, untruthful and malicious yet Zuma retaliates by accusing commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of being biased

News24 reported that JZ failed to file his answering affidavit to indicate whether or not he would be abiding by the ConCourt's decision. Ngcukaitobi said that a fine was put forward as there is no knowledge about Zuma's financial position.

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