The former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma’s Foundation has described the Constitutional Court judgment sentencing Zuma to 15 months in jail as “judicially emotional,” angry, and inconsistent with the South African constitution.
A two-page long statement was released just before midnight on Wednesday 30 June 2021 in which his foundation accuses the court of failing to act independently. In an unprecedented move on Tuesday, the apex court sentenced the country’s former and infamous president after finding him guilty of contempt of court.
Jacob Zuma refused to abide by the court’s order that he return to the state capture commission of inquiry to testify. According to Zuma’s foundation, some things are easy to conclude about the judgment, even though his legal team is still studying it.
Four specific issues have been identified, among them is that Zuma did understand the task of the commission, that he does not believe that he is above the law, that it is not a criminal act to dispute an administrative agency like the commission, and that the equality before the law has been violated against him.
Jacob Zuma’s version of events was listed, including reasons why he refused to return to the commission.
The spokesperson for the Zuma Foundation Mzwanele Manyi said: “The biased manner in which it has been conducted, and the fact that it has been transformed into a slaughterhouse and the forum in which all kinds of unsubstantiated and defamatory allegations have been made against him.”
Manyi further takes a dig at the judges who presided over the matter describing the majority view that Zuma attacked the highest court in the land as a lie and suggesting the justices relied on gross slander, to convict and sentence Zuma unfairly.
“The characterisation of our patron by the majority panel paints a picture of a very angry panel of judges,” Manyi added.