South Africa's Zuma begins prison sentence for contempt of court

Added On July 9, 2021

 South African's former President Jacob Zuma on Thursday began a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

Zuma, 79, was taken to police custody around 23:00 Wednesday, an hour before the deadline the court had given the police.

He was given the 15-month sentence after defying the Constitutional Court's order which compelled him to appear and give evidence at the State Capture Commission in February.

There are a number of legal wranglings that still remain including his rescission application to the Constitutional Court set for hearing on July 12. 

The Pietermaritzburg High Court will on Friday deliver judgement after Zuma challenged his 15-month imprisonment. 

An official with the Correctional Centre said Zuma would not be allowed to have visitors because of the pandemic.