South Africa’s former president was sentenced to 15 months in prison for refusing to show up to a corruption inquiry into him
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
Zuma was found guilty by the country’s highest court after he defied its order to appear at a corruption inquiry centered on his time in power between 2009 and 2018.
Jacob Zuma was sentenced by the country’s top court on Tuesday for contempt of court after he failed to show up at an anti-corruption commission to answer questions about his presidency.
“It is declared that Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court,” Constitutional Court judge Sisi Khampepe said, according to Agence France-Presse.
“No person is above the law.”
He has been ordered to present himself to police within five days, AFP reported.
Zuma was South Africa’s President between 2009 to 2018. He resigned after his political party, the African National Congress, decided to remove him.