ConCourt reserves judgment on Zuma’s case

The Constitutional Court has reserved judgment in former President Jacob Zuma’s bid to have his prison sentence rescinded.
Zuma is currently in custody serving his 15-months sentence in Escourt prison in Kwazulu-Natal for contempt of court.
The arrest of an octogenarian is not in the best interest of justice. This was among the arguments offered by Zuma’s legal team and others who support the former leader.
Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana, argued the court’s majority decision was just about sending a clear message to the public.
“This court must do that which it considers being in the interest of justice. Is it in the interest of justice for this court to punish an octogenarian for having snubbed it?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, representing the state capture commission, said Zuma deliberately ignored the court.
“When I began my submissions, I started by reminding everyone that Mr Zuma has always held the keys to his own prison door, which he could use by the simple act of tendering to comply not on his terms, but on the terms that have been prescribed by this court,” the advocate said.

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