Cape Town – Former president Jacob Zuma is turning to the African Court on Human and People’s Rights to continue his fight to rescind his imprisonment.
This comes after South Africa’s highest court on Friday stood by its order to imprison Zuma, who is on medical parole, accusing him of “litigious skullduggery” in a scathing ruling that accused him of undermining the courts.
The apex court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in jail at the end of June, for ignoring a court order to testify before a judicial panel probing corruption during his nine-year tenure which lasted until 2018.
Zuma’s lawyers had argued that the decision should be rescinded because he had not attended the proceedings.
“The majority emphatically reject any suggestion that litigants can be allowed to butcher of their own will a judicial process which in all respects has been carried out with the utmost degree of regularity, only to later plead the absent victim,” said Justice Sisi Khampepe.
The ruling accused Zuma of “litigious skullduggery” in seeking to set aside his prison sentence.
This case did not consider Zuma’s release on medical parole on September 6.
The Constitutional Court dismissed Zuma’s application for rescission with costs.
H.E Prez Zuma has been in consultation his legal team on various recent developments.
He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo & the ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples Rights#Rescission pic.twitter.com/NUvlst8xew
— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) September 18, 2021
On Saturday, Zuma’s foundation tweeted:
“H.E Prez Zuma has been in consultation his legal team on various recent developments,” his foundation tweeted on Saturday.
“He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo & the ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples Rights.”
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu
Additional reporting by AFP