All Eyes on South Africa’s Former President

The Police Minister says police will not rush to arrest former president Jacob Zuma in line with a Constitutional Court order. Zuma was found guilty of contempt of court on Tuesday for his failure to comply with a Constitutional Court order to honour a subpoena to appear before the State Capture Inquiry. The court sentenced him to 15 months in prison and ordered Cele and national police commissioner Khehla Sitole to arrest him if he failed to hand himself over within five days. The embattled former president wants the apex court’s judgment to be rescinded. He argued in papers that he believed that because “it is my own unstable state of health, and that it is my physical life, that the incarceration order threatens”, he is “entitled” to have the country’s highest court re-examine its ruling. The Constitutional Court will hear the rescission application on 12 July. At a press briefing on Sunday, Zuma likened the apex court’s judgment to apartheid. The former president claimed he was “facing long detention without trial”.


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