PRETORIA, 2 July 2021 – Former South African President Jacob Zuma has appealed to the country’s highest court to review its decision to sentence him to 15 months in jail.
Zuma filed papers Friday with South Africa’s Constitutional Court, asking its ruling handed down on Tuesday to be “reconsidered and rescinded”.
The appeal comes barely two days before Zuma is expected, by law, to turn himself to the police and then to prison.
The Constitutional Court found Zuma guilty of contempt after he ignored the court’s ruling to attend an inquiry looking into corruption while he was president.
The former South African leader has also appealed to the high court to get the Constitutional Court’s decision to be delayed while it considers his request for a review.
Reports say Zuma was advised that “it will not be futile to make one last attempt to invite the Constitutional Court to relook its decision and to merely reassess whether it has acted within the constitution or, erroneously, beyond the powers vested in the court by the constitution”.
The Constitutional Court did not simply find him in contempt, but spelled out the many ways in which the former leader had lied, sought to mislead the public, and ultimately tried to “destroy the rule of law”.
The former president’s advisers were cited in media reports Friday as saying Zuma will always abide by the law.