(Image and story culled from Facebook)

The image above is that of Jacob Zuma, a former powerful president of South Africa.

He is seen here in prison uniform waiting on queue with other prisoner to collect food.

Zuma was convicted by a south African court for contempt while standing trial for corruption act. He was handed a fifteen month jail term.

Initially, Zuma refused to accept the court judgement. Police then warned that he would forcefully arrested before midnight if he didn’t hand himself over to authorities.

On July 7, 2021, the former president handed himself in to police to begin serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court.

He was admitted to Estcourt Correctional Centre in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma, 79, was handed the jail term after he failed to attend a corruption trial.

The sentencing sparked an unprecedented legal drama in South Africa, which has never seen a former president jailed before.

Zuma had initially refused to hand himself in, but in a short statement, the Jacob Zuma Foundation said he had “decided to comply”.

His daughter, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, later wrote on Twitter that her father was “en route [to the jail] and he is still in high spirits”.

Zuma was sentenced on 29 June for defying an instruction to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his nine years in power. He has testified only once at the inquiry into what has become known as “state capture” – meaning the siphoning off of state assets.

Many businessmen have been accused of conspiring with politicians to influence the decision-making process while he was in office. But Zuma has repeatedly said that he is the victim of a political conspiracy.

In a separate legal matter, Zuma pleaded not guilty last month in a corruption trial involving a $5bn (£3bn) arms deal from the 1990s.

 

 

 

 

 

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