The Pietermaritzburg High Court refused former President Jacob Zuma’s bid to stay his detention for contempt of court on Friday, only days after he surrendered to police to begin a 15-month prison sentence.
He filed the application on Tuesday, a day before the Constitutional Court’s deadline for the police to arrest him and sentence him to 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
Zuma began serving his term on Wednesday evening and is currently housed in Estcourt Prison. If Judge Jerome Mnguni had approved his application, he would have been released, at least until the apex court considered his rescission application on Monday. Judge Mnguni dismissed the application with costs.
Friday’s high court judgment came hours after the same court dismissed an application by the secretary-general of the governing African National Congress (ANC) party, Ace Magashule, to have his suspension over corruption charges in a separate case set aside.