Kaya News Reporter
The Constitutional Court of South Africa did not make a rescindable error in the judgement of Jacob Zuma. The court ruled on Friday and dismissed Zuma’s application for rescission with costs.
Zuma argued that the order was granted in his absence and without him being granted a trial.
This means the former president will be held liable for the bill of the legal teams that were paid for by the state capture commission.
On 29 June, the Con-Court sentenced Zuma to 15-months imprisonment for contempt of court. According to the court, Zuma did not meet the statutory requirements of a rescission application.
Passing judgement Justice Sisi Khampepe ruled that Zuma did not effectively proof why the order was incorrectly granted.
In his recission application, Zuma called for the apex court to overturn its earlier conviction, citing that his rights were violated with an absence of a criminal case.
His defence Advocate Dali Mpofu argued that Zuma was the only prisoner who was incarcerated without a trial.
Earlier this month Zuma was granted medical parole following a surgery after serving two months of his prison term.
Judgment: The Constitutional Court did not make a rescindable error. The judgment and order against former President Zuma stand, and the application for rescission is dismissed with costs. (JG Zuma v Secretary of the Judicial Commission and Others) pic.twitter.com/lQ0FxuGXgS
— Constitutional Court (@ConCourtSA) September 17, 2021
The minority judgement by Theron Jafta took a different view, concluding that it would be unconstitutional to grant an order of unsuspended committal context in the motion of proceedings for civil contempt of court.
“Mr Zuma did not oppose the contempt case launched against him, nor did he cooperate when he was invited by the Constitutional Court to make submissions on the appropriate sanction.”
A majority called for Zuma to be imprisoned for 15-months.
In August the Jacob Zuma Foundation started a crowdfunding initiative to help support Zuma’s legal fees.
Foundation spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi said the donations will cover all court battles that the former president is expected in.
The former statesman is due back in court next month for his corruption trial.