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South African Court Jails Former President Zuma for Contempt

  • Top court sentences former president to 15-month term
  • Zuma defied court order to testify before judicial panel
Jacob Zuma in court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in May.
Jacob Zuma in court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in May.Photographer: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images
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Jacob Zuma, who’s been repeatedly implicated in aiding and abetting the plunder of state funds during the near decade he led South Africa, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for defying a court order to testify at a graft inquiry.

The Constitutional Court ruled in January that Zuma had to respond to questions from a judicial commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. But the 79-year-old former intelligence operative accused the court and Zondo of bias and boycotted a panel hearing a month later, after having walked out of one in November. The panel responded by filing contempt charges against him.