Zuma instructs legal team to challenge his imprisonment

The Constitutional Court dismissed Zuma's application to set aside his jail sentence, saying he did not qualify for a rescission.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma in the Pietermaritzburg High Court where he appeared on corruption charges on 15 October 2019. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Jacob Zuma may have lost his case in the Constitutional Court but he is not giving up and is now looking beyond South Africa’s borders for legal recourse.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation said on Saturday that he had instructed his lawyers to approach the African Court on Human and People’s Rights to argue his case.

The former president failed to have his 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court rescinded in the Constitutional Court on Friday.

In June, that court ordered that Zuma be jailed for violating its order that had compelled him to appear before the State Capture Inquiry.

Zuma, who served just under two months of his sentence, maintained he was jailed unfairly because there was no trial.

In a hard-hitting judgment, the apex court went into great detail to explain why his argument was flawed.

It described Zuma’s actions as more than litigious skullduggery, reminding him that he was the one who chose not to argue his case prior to his sentencing.

Zuma is pinning his hopes on the African court which hears cases from African Union member states.

Despite being granted medical parole, Zuma remains in hospital and is being treated for an undisclosed illness.

Several organisations are planning to challenge his parole in the courts.

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