Jacob Zuma Foundation: “Zondo Can’t Ask For Two Year Sentence Against Zuma”

"It is clear that laws are being changed to deal with Zuma, like how the apartheid government created Sobukwe laws to deal with Sobukwe," the statement said.

Jacob Zuma Foundation: "Zondo Can't Ask For Two Year Sentence Against Zuma"-SurgeZirc SA
Jacob Zuma/Photo File: BW

The Jacob Zuma Foundation on Monday said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo couldn’t ask the Constitutional Court to sentence the former president to two years in prison for contempt of court.

It said the 1947 Act talks about six month’s imprisonment, or 55 pounds fine, not the two years imprisonment.

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The foundation said Zondo was abusing his position as the second in charge in the Constitutional Court and instructing his subordinates to bend the laws of the country was unprecedented.

“It is clear that laws are being changed to deal with Zuma, like how the apartheid government created Sobukwe laws to deal with Sobukwe,” the statement said.

Zuma was expected to testify from the 15 to the 19 February but he defied a summons that the Constitutional Court said he had to abide by. Last month, Zondo filed an application asking the Constitutional Court to jail Zuma for two years for contempt of court.

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The commission said Zuma’s failure to appear before the commission and to file affidavits as directed by the court were the grounds on which he should be found guilty of contempt.

The commission wants the court to set aside normal rules and for the application to be heard on an urgent basis. It said Zuma’s failure to appear at the commission and to file affidavits was unlawful and intentional.

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