May 26, 2022
Former President Jacob Zuma

Former South African President Jacob Zuma surrendered himself to authoritise just before midnight of July 7th. This follows an order by courts for him to hand himself in within five days for contempt of court.
JG Zuma foundation confirmed the news but were, however, very clear that Jacob Zuma was innocent. They said his surrender was to comply with the law as he was a law-abiding citizen. The spokesperson of the foundation accused the government of failing to protect a liberation war hero and also to consider his age and health. He also pointed out that what was happening to the former head of state was no difference to the apartheid era where cadres were incarcerated without trial.
Jacob Zuma has been denying corruption charges leveled against him over the $2.5bn arms deal.

He accused prosecutors of seeking to malign a political leader rather than find the truth as he denied charges of corruption at the first major hearing of his trial in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa last month.

Zuma, 79, is facing charges of bribery, fraud and money laundering relating to a $2.5bn (£2bn) deal to buy European military hardware to upgrade South Africa’s armed forces in 1999 when he was deputy president.

Zuma insists prosecution is politically motivated, accusing government lawyers of working “not to find the truth but to bolster a narrative of a corrupt political leader”.

He also faces a separate inquiry into corruption during his time as president and is accused of accepting 500,000 rand (£26,000) annually from the French arms company Thales, in exchange for protecting the company from an investigation into the deal.

Analysts said Zuma’s refusal to appear before the inquiry was one of the most significant tests of South Africa’s democratic institutions for many years.
Last week, the court ordered Zuma to hand himself over to authoritise after being sentenced 15 months in prison for contempt of court.
Hundreds of his supporters gathered in Nkadhla as he gave a public address since his sentencing.

Last year as part of a judicial commission of inquiry set up as he left power, Zuma denied he had presided over an immense system of corruption and patronage that drained billions from the country. He told the inquiry he was a victim of a plot by foreign intelligence agencies seeking his downfall. He then walked out of the hearings.

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