Jacob Zuma launches last-ditch attempt to avoid jail term for corruption

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By AP  •  Updated: 07/07/2021 - 21:54

Former president   Jacob Zuma gestures arsenic  helium  addresses the property   astatine  his location  successful  Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Natal Province, Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has launched a last-ditch bid to debar situation by asking the country’s acting main justness to hold an bid for his arrest.

Zuma’s lawyers person written to the country’s acting main justness to contented an bid postponing his arrest, which is to instrumentality spot by Wednesday midnight arsenic instructed by the country’s apex court, the Constitutional Court.

Zuma was sentenced to 15 months successful situation past week for contempt due to the fact that helium defied a tribunal bid for him to attest earlier a judicial committee investigating wide allegations of corruption during his clip arsenic the country's president, from 2009 to 2018.

The Constitutional Court ordered that if Zuma did not voluntarily manus himself implicit to the constabulary by Sunday past the constabulary should apprehension Zuma by the extremity of the time Wednesday.

In what appears to beryllium a last-minute plea to debar going to prison, Zuma has written to the acting main justness requesting that his apprehension beryllium suspended until Friday erstwhile a determination tribunal volition regularisation connected his exertion to postpone the arrest. The missive has been seen by The Associated Press.

In the letter, Zuma’s lawyers accidental the constabulary person informed them that they volition beryllium arresting him Wednesday night, according to the orders issued by the Constitutional Court past week.

“Prejudice to his life.”

Zuma's lawyers asked the acting main justness to contented directives stopping the constabulary from arresting him, claiming determination would beryllium a “prejudice to his life.”

Zuma has launched 2 tribunal proceedings to debar apprehension aft his condemnation past week.

He has applied astatine the Constitutional Court, the highest tribunal successful South Africa, for his condemnation to beryllium rescinded and the exertion volition beryllium heard connected July 12.

On Tuesday, his lawyers were successful the Pietermaritzburg High Court seeking to halt the curate of constabulary from arresting him until the Constitutional Court rules connected his exertion to person the condemnation rescinded. The determination tribunal volition regularisation connected that exertion connected Friday.

A fewer of Zuma's supporters wearing subject camouflage stood defender extracurricular his location successful Nkandla, successful agrarian KwaZulu-Natal state connected Wednesday. Earlier successful the day, a constabulary conveyance approached the gross to Zuma’s homestead and spoke to the guards earlier turning away.

Political tensions person risen successful KwaZulu-Natal state arsenic a effect of Zuma's conviction, condemnation and pending arrest. Hundreds of his supporters gathered astatine his location implicit the play and vowed to forestall his arrest, but they near connected Sunday.

An accrued constabulary beingness successful Nkandla colony adjacent Zuma's location was disposable connected Wednesday. Police vehicles patrolled the streets astir his location and monitored the entranceway to the village.

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