By Kaya News
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture says it will ask the Constitutional Court to “impose a term of imprisonment” on Jacob Zuma if he is found guilty of contempt.
Zuma failed to appear before the commission on Monday, despite the Constitutional Court ordering him to do so in January.
He released a statement a few days after the ConCourt ruling saying he would not appear.
“I do not fear being arrested, I do not fear being convicted, nor do I fear being incarcerated,” Zuma said.
Zuma sends lawyer letter
Despite his refusal, the commission set aside the week of February 15 to 19 for Zuma’s appearance.
But a letter from his lawyers on Monday made it clear he would not be attending.
They say their client is still waiting on the review application for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself from the proceedings.
— Dudu Zuma-Sambudla (@DZumaSambudla) February 15, 2021
Justice Zondo says the fact that a former president of the country has defied both the commission and ConCourt is a great pity.
He added that the former president’s lawyers should have argued the merits of why he should not appear before the commission in the constitutional court matter.
DCJ says the commission will approach the constitutional court to impose a term of imprisonment for Mr. Zuma. #StateCaptureInquiry
— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) February 15, 2021
Zuma must face the full might of the law
The Democratic Alliance has called on Zuma to face the full might of the law.
The opposition party said the 78-year-old considered himself “above the law”.
“Charges of Contempt of the Commission must be brought against Zuma immediately, following his failure to appear. It must be demonstrated, and swiftly, that all South Africans are equal before the law, and that Zuma and his connections are no exception.
“Like every other citizen, he needs to be punished for his contemptuous attitude,” the DA Shadow Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Glynnis Breytenbach, said.
Over 200 MKMVA members descend on Nkandla
Meanwhile, uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) flocked to Nkandla over the weekend to “secure” Zuma’s home – allegedly to prevent any possible arrest.
There are said to be over 200 members stationed in the area.