Concourt to hear Jacob Zuma application on July 12
ConCourt will hear Jacob Zuma’s urgent application to stay out of jail on Monday, July 12
Concourt to hear Zuma application on July 12
The Constitutional Court has agreed to hear former president Jacob Zuma’s application to rescind its decision to send him to jail.
This comes after days of uncertainty on whether he would start serving his sentence at the Westville prison on Sunday.
But the Concourt said on Saturday Zuma’s hearing will be heard on July 12.
This would allow him to stay away from prison until the matter is finalised by the apex court.
In his papers filed in the Concourt, Zuma said there were valid grounds for him not to go to jail.
“I am advised that before I walk through the prison doors to serve my sentence as the first direct prisoner of the Constitutional Court under our Constitutional democracy, it will not be futile to make one last attempt to invite the Constitutional Court to relook its decision and to merely reassess whether it has acted within the constitution or, erroneously, beyond the powers vested in the court by the constitution.
“The peculiarity and uniqueness of these unprecedented circumstances, the implications thereof on my personal freedom and the health challenges facing the country should all combine to militate in favour of the serious entertainment of this matter,” said Zuma in his papers.
It has been a day of drama with crowds gathering outside his home in Nkandla, with ANC leaders in KwaZulu-Natal also visiting him.
This comes after the party sent senior members of the national executive committee to deal with the situation.
The Concourt had ruled this week that Zuma must be sent to jail for 15 months for contempt of court.
The Constitutional Court will on Monday, July 12, hear former president Jacob Zuma’s urgent application to rescind its order sentencing him to jail for 15 months for contempt of court.
The ConCourt issued these directions on Saturday, after Zuma made the application on Friday. It did not clarify his fate in the meantime because Zuma was initially supposed to hand himself over to authorities for his incarceration by Sunday.
The contempt order against Zuma was for failing to comply with the Constitutional Court’s earlier order in January to appear at the state capture commission and give evidence as per the commission’s lawful summons.
On Friday, Zuma also urgently applied to the high court in Pietermariztburg to stay the orders that required him to turn himself in by Sunday, and to interdict the police from arresting him pending his rescission application to the Constitutional Court.
This is a developing story.