World «Outrage to justice»: Jacob Zuma must estimate her sentence

19:10  14 april  2021
19:10  14 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Constitutional Court asked Former South African President Jacob Zuma, pursued "contempt of justice", to determine his sentence himself in the event that he would be considered guilty. He must answer this Wednesday.

For three years, Jacob Zuma has refused to respond to the convocations of the commission to investigate widespread corruption during his presidency. In February, after an umpteenth refusal to testify , the Commission asked the Constitutional Court, the highest jurisdiction of the country, to condemn the former head of state to two years in prison for "contempt to justice" . Because this time, the former president had not only ignored a convocation of the commission but also violated a decision rendered in January by the Constitutional Court, forcing him to appear and depriving him of the right to remain silent.

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In a directive dated Friday and published on the website of the Constitutional Court, the latter request that Jacob Zuma determines "what constitutes the appropriate sanction". The former president must file, at the latest on Wednesday, a statement under oath explaining "the nature and magnitude of the sentence that should be imposed on him".

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Whatever the decision of the Constitutional Court, Jacob Zuma will have to pay the costs of criminal proceedings against him. According to the Court of Appeal of South Africa, they rise to several million euros.

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