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Jacob Zuma bodly declares that he is not afraid to go to jail after the Constitutional Court ruling.


Jacob Zuma bodly declares that he is not afraid to go to jail after the Constitutional Court ruling. It never rains but it pours for the former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, Zuma has recently reacted to the Constitutional Court’s (ConCourt) ruling. The court ruled that he should appear before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry and provide evidence over his claims that when it comes to him different laws apply.

The former President said in a statement issued last week that he has been receiving support from his former party the ANC and from the public following the the recent judgement passed by the Constitutional Court.

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Zuma claims that he has been dealt an injustice by the ConCourt, he says they have denied him his basic constitutional right and further went on to warn against a “politicized segment of the judiciary”.

He said the judgement passed by the ConCourt “mimics the posture of the commission in that it has now also created a special and different set of circumstances specially designed” to deal with him by suspending his constitutional rights.

Zuma went on to say that despite everything he is not afraid of jail and being “convicted nor do I fear being incarcerated”.

“With this groundswell of messages, I felt moved to publicly express solidarity with the sentiments and concerns raised with me about a clearly politicized segment of the judiciary that now heralds an imminent constitutional crisis in this country,” Zuma said.

His list of complaints also included a complaint against the former Public Prosecutor Thuli Madonsela whose decision to refer her investigation into state capture to the commission of inquiry chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo says was unfair treatment by the commission.
In his defence Zuma said he had never refused to appear before the commission, but said he would not appear if Zondo was the chairman because of the history and the bias that might surface because of the personal relationship the pair have.

He went on to express his shock on Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s actions saying he had“initially informed me that this commission would be chaired by Judge [Siraj] Desai but shortly thereafter changed the decision” and informed him that the commission would be chaired by Zondo instead.

Zuma said that Zondo’s dismissal of his application for recusal was a “frugal and expedient with the truth in how he contextualized and defined the nature of the personal relationship” they had.

He says the commission has “followed in the steps of the former public protector in how it has also continued with creating a special and different approach to specifically deal” with him.

“The chairperson of the commission, unprovoked, has called special press conferences to make specific announcements about Zuma. This has never happened for any other witness,” Zuma said.

“Recently the commission ran to the Constitutional Court on an urgent basis to get the court to compel me to attend at the commission and to compel me to give answers at the commission, effectively undermining a litany of my constitutional rights including the right to the presumption of innocence,” he added.

Zuma added that “in the circumstances, I am left with no other alternative but to be defiant against injustice as I did against the apartheid government”.

Zuma has been riddle with court cases since we cannot even remember we are yet to come to a time when Zuma does not have to appear in court we hope its sooner rather than later.