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7 Things To Know As Jacob Zuma Begins His Jail Term

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After days of drama and suspense and finally handing himself over, South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma will begin a 15-month sentence for contempt on Thursday. The Constitutional Court had sentenced Zuma to prison on June 29 for ignoring anti-graft investigators, setting a precedent for the continent in imprisoning a former president of state for refusing to reply to a corruption investigation.

Image: Jacob Zuma.

As Jacob Zuma starts serving his jail term, here are 7 things to know;

  1. Zuma was elected in office as President of South Africa on May 9, 2009.
  2. Jacob Zuma resigned out of office in 2018 and was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa after a nine-year tenure.
  3. He faces 16 charges of fraud, graft, and racketeering relating to a 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats, and military gear from five European arms firms for 30 billion rands, then the equivalent of nearly $5 billion.
  4. He has applied with the Constitutional Court to have his sentence overturned, and that application is set to be considered on July 12.
  5. Zuma will be held in isolation for two weeks, in line with COVID-19 standards, and will only be eligible for parole after four months according to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.
  6. The correctional facility where Jacob Zuma will be serving is in a town called Estcourt, which is located in the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province.
  7. This is not the first time Jacob Zuma is serving a jail term as he had earlier spent 10 years in jail on the notorious Robben Island for his role in the armed struggle against the apartheid system.

Image: Jacob Zuma.

Source: Aljazeera

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