The embattled former President, Jacob Zuma, has been handed a 15-month prison term by the country’s constitutional court after failing to appear before it.
According to the court, Zuma failed to appear it at an inquiry led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in February.
The situation, however, provoked lawyers for the state to seek the court’s order for his imprisonment.
An inquiry was opened to investigate allegations of high-level bribery and corruption scandals during the Ex-President’s tenure of office, where he was ousted in 2018.
However, the former President denies any wrongdoing and has since decided not to cooperate with the court .
The court announced that “Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is sentenced to undergo 15 months’ imprisonment. “
According to the order, Jacob Zuma has to submit himself to the police within five days.
After the court’s ruling, spokesperson to the Ex-president told news men that his boss (Jacob Zuma) would issue a statement later, without given further details.
Several allegations cases has been leveled against Jacob Zuma. These include allowing businessmen close to him – brothers Atul, Ajay, and Rajesh Gupta – to plunder state resources and influence South Africa’s policy-making.