The Constitutional Court will on Friday morning hand down judgment in the application to have its earlier decision to sentence former President Jacob Zuma to 15-months in jail for contempt of court rescinded.
Zuma wanted the apex court to overturn its earlier judgment arguing that his rights were violated as incarceration did not follow a criminal case.
(1/2) Judgment on Friday, 17 September at 10h00: Is the judgment and order of the Constitutional Court, sentencing former President Zuma to imprisonment for contempt of court, rescindable? And should it be set aside? (JG Zuma v Secretary of the Judicial Commission and Others)
— Constitutional Court (@ConCourtSA) September 16, 2021
Zuma’s contempt of court conviction and sentence stemmed from his defiance of the Constitutional Court order to continue to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Representing the former president in his rescission case, Advocate Dali Mpofu had argued that his client is the only prisoner in the country who was jailed without trial.
But on behalf of the State Capture Commission, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi said Zuma refused to state his case and chose to make disparaging remarks against the apex court.
But last week, Zuma was granted medical parole after serving two months of his sentence.
Arthur Fraser stands by his decision to release Zuma on medical parole:
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen says the granting of medical parole to Zuma makes a mockery of the judicial system.
The party applied to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside a decision to put Zuma on medical parole.
The Helen Suzman Foundation also launched an urgent application before the North Gauteng High Court requesting the reasons behind National Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser’s decision to place Zuma on medical parole.
DA seeks review of Zuma’s medical parole: