In response to Zuma’s defiance, Zondo called on the apex court to impose a two-year jail term on the former president. This was to send a strong message and ensure no-one copied Zuma’s antics, he argued.
The foundation heavily criticised the move.
“This desperation of the deputy chief justice, abusing his position as the second in charge in the Constitutional Court, instructing his subordinates to bend the laws of this country, is unprecedented. He ignores process and jurisdiction as prescribed in law to ensure the state capture inquiry finds [former] president Zuma guilty by hook or crook to deliver him to some hidden masters.
“The 1947 [Commissions] Act talks about six months’ imprisonment or a 55 pound fine, not the two years’ imprisonment the honourable judge, who is chairing the commission alone, suggests,” said the foundation.
On March 25 the apex court is expected to hear an application by the state capture inquiry have Zuma declared to be in contempt of court.
Published at Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:15:38 +0000