South Africa’s top court to review Zuma jail term.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will ask the country’s highest court on Monday to release him from prison for rescinding his 15-month sentence by removing anti-corruption investigators.

On June 29, the Constitutional Court beat Zuma and while in jail for refusing to appear before a corruption inquiry that has led to his 9 years in power.

Zuma is asking for the decision to be overturned on the grounds that it was made in his absence.

If the offer fails, the Zuma team will seek to convince the judges that the prison sentence is not a fair trial for this contempt case, for reasons such as the impact on Zuma’s health, according to one. Conference press conference Saturday.

Old age and poor health
Zuma, 79, is also seeking release from Estcourt Prison in eastern KwaZulu-Natal because of his age and poor health, adding that the ongoing catastrophe means he is not at risk of leakage.

The man once nicknamed him “President of Teflon,” spent his first night in jail on Thursday after surrendering to the authorities after drama and suspense for hours.

His lawyers had also asked the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, to avoid imprisonment. But on Friday, he dismissed the case, saying he had no jurisdiction over the matter and that Zuma’s claims about his health “were not supported by any evidence.”

he withdrew his cooperation
The former president testified immediately before the commission in July 2019, but later withdrew his co-operation, saying he was angry at being treated as a “suspect” and not as a witness.

He returned in November 2020, without saying a word, and missed several subsequent appointments by evading his appeal for a variety of reasons, including medical reasons, lack of funds and his request to chair the commission, hence Vice President of Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, let him go.

If Zuma serves his full sentence, he could still find himself at home long before the end of the year, as he deserves to be pardoned for less than four months.

Meanwhile, sporadic riots erupted across the country, with several people arrested after looting in KwaZulu-Natal and the economic capital Johannesburg.

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma
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