Zuma to know on Friday if jail sentence will be set aside

The Constitutional Court has announced that it will hand down judgment in his rescission application.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma arrives at the state capture commission of inquiry in Johannesburg on 16 November 2020. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma will know on Friday if his 15-month jail sentence will be set aside.

The Constitutional Court announced on Thursday that it would hand down judgment in his rescission application on Friday.

Zuma’s legal team asked the apex court to set aside his imprisonment, arguing that it was a violation of his rights to freedom as he did not face trial.

Zuma was sent to jail by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court after he violated the court’s order to appear before the state capture commission of inquiry.

He was imprisoned at the Estcourt Prison in July but he spent most of the time in hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness. He was granted medical parole but three organisations are planning to challenge the decision in court.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation maintains that the court failed in upholding Zuma's rights to freedom.

Spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi: "The foundation is hoping that tomorrow's judgment will affirm the supremacy of the Constitution, that the judges will realise that they erred in giving themselves powers that they don't have in the COnstitution to override his Excellency Jacob Zuma's rights that are enshrined in the Constitution."

Zuma's incarceration sparked protest that was followed by riots and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng in July, which claimed more than 300 lives. Government described the wanton violence as an attempted insurrection.

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