Nov 29, 2021

ConCourt Battle | Zuma Heads To African Court On Human & Peoples Rights

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Mr Zuma will be taking the matter with ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples over his imprisonment without a trial.

FILE PHOTO: Former president Jacob Zuma sitting at the Petermaritzburg High Court during his appearance for his corruption charges, he has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for defying the Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission. PICTURE: ROGAN WARD / POOL / AFP

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JOHANNESBURG: Mr Zuma has instructed his legal team to take his battle with the Constitutional Court to the African Court over his imprisonment.

In a Saturday tweet by the Jacob Zuma Foundation, the foundation states that former president, Mr Jacob Zuma will be taking the matter with ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples over his imprisonment without a trial.

This comes after the apex court dismissed his application for the rescission of his contempt of court order on Friday 17 September 2021.

“H.E Prez Zuma has been in consultation his legal team on various recent developments. He has given his lawyers instructions to take the legalisation of detention without trial by Acting Chief Justice Zondo & the ConCourt to the African Court on Human & Peoples Rights,” said the foundation in the tweet.

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, also known simply as the African Court, is an international court established by member states of the African Union (AU) to implement provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It in simple terms deliver binding judgments on compliance with the African Charter at large.

Earlier this year, when Mr Zuma refused to appear before the Commission of Inquiry chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo a majority decision made by ConCourt found that Mr Zuma was in contempt of court for disregarding its order.

He was then sentenced to a 15 Months imprisonment, Mr Zuma’s legal team advised that the sentence ‘unlawful’ and applied for the imprisonment to be rescinded. On Friday’s application for rescission dismissal, the ConCourt described his application as ‘Litigious skulduggery’.

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