Jacob Zuma: Former South African President Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

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A South African court has ordered the arrest of former South African President Jacob Zuma on obstruction charges. Zuma refused an order to appear in court to discuss questions surrounding financial scandals that dogged Zuma’s presidency (2009-2018).

Five months ago, the Constitutional Court ordered Zuma, a key figure in the storied African National Congress and the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa, to appear before the court to explain his involvement in the corruption scandals during his presidency.

Zuma did not appear in court to testify and also ignored the contempt order from the Constitutional Court, thus being hit with a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court.

As of this post, the former president has not been taken into custody.

This story is developing.

This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.

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